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PMNVT falls in three close sets to Indonesia, to face Thailand in SEAG semis

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Entering the game on a high thanks to their rousing 2-0 start, the Philippine Men’s National Volleyball team came crashing back down after a sweep from 2017 silver medalist Indonesia, 23-25, 30-32, 20-25, Friday at the PhilSports Arena.

Fighting for dear life, the Philippines was able to eke out an 8-6 advantage off a Bryan Bagunas kill early in the third set to distance themselves from the Indonesians.

Marck Espejo then kick-started a 6-2 blitz to give the Philippines a five-point advantage entering the second technical timeout.

However, a service error from Espejo paved the way for a 5-1 turnaround for Indonesia. That then cut the Nationals’ lead to one, 17-16.

Bagunas still tried to keep the Filipinos afloat. The Indonesians, however, upped their net defense, blocking Abdilla and Espejo in three consecutive plays to take a 21-19 lead.

I Putu Randu then delivered an ace, before Doni Haryono followed with a kill, stretching Indonesia’s advantage to four.

Randu committed a service error that gave the Philippines one last glimmer at hope. Rivan Nurmulki then quickly sealed the Nationals fate with another kill.

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