Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 24, 2017 – Philippines smashed Malaysia’s dreams of advancing to the semi-finals after brushing off the host side in straight sets 25-18 25-11 25-16 to claim their first victory at the 29th South East Asian Games Women’s Volleyball Championship at the MITEC Hall 11 on Thursday.
Going down in straight sets to Vietnam in their opening Pool B match the previous day, Malaysia played a must-win match against the Philippines on Thursday to keep their hopes of making the top four teams in the semi-finals alive. However, things turned sour for Malaysia as they suffered the second loss to crash out from the Southeast Asia’s top-tier competition.
Only Santiago Alyja Daphne and Marano Abigail Palmares scored double digits for Philippines, but Santiago Alyja Daphne emerged as the top scorer for the team with 13 points from 11 kills and 1 each from blocking and serving. Marano Abigail Palmares contributed 11 points from 6 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces. Low Mei Cing topscored 15 points for Malaysia including 11 kills from 29 attempts.
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