Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 26, 2017 – Indonesia came out of nowhere to stun undefeated Pool B winners Vietnam with a magnificent come-from-behind 3-2 (18-25 25-21 29-27 15-25 15-13) to knock the 2015 silver medallists out of contention in the semi-finals of the 29th South East Asian Games Women’s Volleyball Championship at the MITEC Hall 11 on Saturday.
Vietnam, which finished a well-earned fifth place at the recent Asian Senior Women’s Championship in Manila, Philippines, have yet won the SEA Games title. Their best performances were in the 2007 SEA Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and 2015 in Singapore when the Vietnamese side claimed silver in both events at this Southeast Asia’s top-flight competition.
Hangestri Pertiwi Megawati and Santini Manganang Aprilia proved to be great assets for Indonesia as both topscored 23 and 22 points respectively for the winning team. Hangestri Pertiwi Megawati had 21 kills from 48 attempts and Santini Manganang Aprilia collected 20 kills from 63 attempts. Andya Agustina Putri claimed 4 stuff blocks and Siti Nurfadhilah Sugandi produced 4 aces.
Ha Ngoc Diem and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa spearheaded Vietnam for the fightback to score similar 20 points in a losing effort. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa had 10 kills and 10 blocks, but Ha Ngoc Diem claimed 15 marks from 51 attempts.
With the stunning win, Indonesia, which pulled off a surprise win over the same rivals on their home soil during their semi-final clash of the VTV Cup early this year, go up against defending and 12-time SEA Games champions Thailand, to whom they lost in straight sets in the pool preliminaries. Vietnam will take on the Philippines in the third-place playoff.
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