Filipina spikers claim bronze medal in Korat


NAKHON RATCHASIMA —The Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to Indonesia in a narrow-five setter on Friday and again to powerhouse Thailand to a four-setter last Saturday. But that didn’t stop the Filipina spikers to land a spot on the podium in the ASEAN Volleyball Grand Prix at Terminal 21 in Korat on September 20-22.

The match against the Vietnamese was a tough game indeed. The Filipinas triumphed on Sunday with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-12 score; claiming the third spot.

“This is what we came out here for. We didn’t go through the trouble just by losing,” said Molina, who is turning 25 Monday. “This is what I wished for.”

Apart from the third-place finish of the Filipina spikers, former UAAP Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron won the Best Middle Blocker award — making the team feels that reclaiming its lost glory is possible.

“I think it’s possible because you see we only have a few days to train and we saw improvement in every game,” said Baron.“We got a lot of potential, but we need to establish foundation and a longer training time,” Baron added.

The Philippines last won a SEA Games gold in 1993 and its last medal was a bronze in 2005. Before that, the country has six SEA Games championships starting in 1977.

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