Asian Games: PH volleyball team bows to Thailand in opener

JAKARTA—Thailand gave the Philippine women’s volleyball team a
rude welcome back to the Asian Games.

The team, playing in these Games for the first time in 36
years, was swept in straight sets by the Southeast Asian
powerhouse as the Filipinas failed to sustain a fast start.

The Thais recovered from a seven-point deficit in Set 1 to
eventually claim a 25-22, 25-12, 25-15 at the Gelora Bung Karno
complex in this city on Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to the superb service game of Jaja Santiago, the
Philippines roared to a 9-2 start in Set 1 but could not hold
it against the Thais’ comeback.

Sparked by skipper Pleumjit Thinkaow, the Thais scored six
straight points to take a 16-15 lead, though the Philippines
worked its way back on top with a 4-0 run of its own for a
19-16 lead — a run capped by back-to-back hits from Alyssa
Valdez.

The Thais were simply more composed down the stretch, however,
with kills from Pimpichaya Kokram, and aces from Hattaya
Bamrungsuk propelling them to the come-from-behind win.

The SEA Games gold medalists would go on to cruise in the next
two sets for their first win in Group A.

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