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2021 SEA Games

SEA Games: Garcia-Arbasto, Abdilla-Requinton advance to beach volley semis


The Philippine men’s beach volleyball team secured a spot in the semifinals of the 31st Southeast Asian Games after eliminating Cambodia, 2-0, on Tuesday at the Tuan Chau Beach in Quang Ninh.

Jude Garcia and Krung Arbasto topped Chuk Sophea and Thy Menghuong, 21-15, 21-16, while Ranran Abdilla and Jaron Requinton defeated Oem Narit and Som Samith, 21-14, 21-14, to raise the Filipinos’ Pool A record to 2-0 won-lost.

The Philippines, bronze medalists in 2019, will face host Vietnam, which swept Singapore in the other match, for the top ranking in Pool A at 3 p.m. (Manila time) on Wednesday.

The winner will face the second-ranked team in Pool B while the loser will take on the No. 1 squad in the other bracket.

Reigning champion Indonesia leads Pool B with a 2-0 card, while 2019 runners-up Thailand is tied with Malaysia in second place at 1-1.

The Philippine women’s team, meanwhile, suffered a 1-2 loss to 2019 silver medalist Indonesia to drop in a three-way tie at second place.

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons bowed to Dhita Juliana and Putu Utami in the golden match, 15-21, 19-21, allowing the Indonesians to escape with the win.

Jovelyn Gonzaga and Dij Rodriguez forced a decider after a 21-13, 21-19 victory over Martha Rahawarin and Nur Atika Sari after Rondina and Pons lost to Dhita and Putu, 19-21, 17-21, in the opener.

With a 2-1 card, the Philippines is now tied with Indonesia and host Vietnam, which defeated Singapore, 2-0.

The Filipinas must beat the Vietnamese at 10 a.m. (Manila time) on Wednesday to keep their hopes alive of advancing to the gold medal match.

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Holders Thailand remained the only unbeaten team at 3-0 following a 2-0 romp of Malaysia.

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