Pinay spikers sweep Malaysia in SEA Games opener
Aiza Maizo-Pontilas and the Philippine national women’s volleyball team won its opening assignment in a dominating fashion against Malaysia.
KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine women’s volleyball team went off to a good start in its campaign in the 29th Southeast Asian Games after dominating host team Malaysia, 25-18, 25-11, 25-16, Thursday at the MITEC Hall 8 here.
The star-studded Nationals controlled the match early and were never threatened as they cruised past the Malaysians in Group B to secure a semifinals spot.
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Jaja Santiago and Aby Marano led the Nationals’ assault with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Jovelyn Gonzaga finished with nine points for the PHI, which rained down 43 points off attacks with 12 service aces.
It was the second straight win of the Filipina volleybelles against the Malaysians since their return in the biennial meet two years ago. The victory gave the Filiipinas their first semis ticket since bagging a bronze medal back in the 2005 Manila edition of the regional sports meet.
The Nationals swept the Malaysians, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, also in the group stage of the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. Unfortunately it was the only win of the PHI that edition and missed the semis cut.
The PHI will take on Vietnam, which the Filipinas defeated in four sets in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship recently, on Friday.
Vietnam defeated Malaysia Wednesday.
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