Wed. Oct 4th, 2023

FILE–Philippine males’s volleyball staff. Photograph from SEA V-League

The Philippines dropped its first project within the males’s volleyball competitors of the Asian Video games 2022 on Tuesday forward of the official opening of the continental meet on Saturday in Hangzhou, China.

The Filipino Spikers bowed to Southeast Asian powerhouse Indonesia, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20, as they turned among the many first Filipino athletes to see motion in China.

The nation is sending 396 athletes from 40 sports activities in these pandemic-delayed Video games in 2023 and the majority of the delegation will begin arriving within the coming days.

Bryan Bagunas, who missed the SEA Video games earlier this yr resulting from private causes, led the Filipinos’ effort towards the Indonesians with 19 factors, with all however two from kills.

Rising star Steven Rotter added 9 factors whereas Marck Espejo, who got here off the bench after becoming a member of the staff simply final Sunday amid preparations along with his Korean membership, had seven markers.

The Philippine staff managed to hold in there with Indonesia, winner of the final three SEA Video games competitions, for probably the most half however couldn’t get the ending kick to attain a set.

Behind back-to-back factors from Joshua Umandal, the Filipinos even led 10-7 within the opening body earlier than Indonesia received its act collectively then managed to tie it at 19 earlier than dropping steam.

That turned the story of the sport for the Philippines as Indonesia managed to all the time draw back late within the set to finish the sweep.

Subsequent for the Filipinos is Afghanistan on Wednesday then Volleyball Nations League bronze medalist Japan on the twenty first.

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