Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 26, 2017 – Indonesia clawed their ways back to beat Myanmar in hard-fought five-set thriller 22-25 25-17 24-26 34-32 15-12 for a final berth at the 29th South East Asian Games Men’s Volleyball Championship at the MITEC Hall 11 on Saturday.
The epic victory gave Indonesia, a well-earned fourth place at the recent Asian Senior Men’s Championship on their home soil in Surabaya, a chance to set up the SEA Games finals with Thailand in both men’s and women’s events.
Like Thailand, Indonesia did not lose a match in their pool round-robin preliminaries, heading the Sunday’s showdown with remarkable unbeaten record. However, the Saturday’s semi-final clash put Indonesia in trouble with a daunting challenge from Myanmar.
Losing the first set 22-25, Indonesia put their acts together for the 25-17 win in the second set. However, Myanmar, strengthened by ace spiker Aung Thu, played a bit better in the third set, which they took the hard-fought 26-24 win.
Holding a 2-1 advantage, Myanmar continued their spectacular attacks and solid defence, but the Indonesians, steered by prolific Rendi Febriant Tamamilang and Rivan Nurmulki, regrouped to prove that there is life after death in any sports competition and fought back hard to win the hotly-contested battle 34-32.
In the deciding set, both sides fought it all out, but Indonesia played confidently and consistently to win the tie-break 15-12, match and a final berth. Indonesia will go up against reigning champions Thailand in the men’s team showdown, while Myanmar will take on Vietnam in the third-place playoff on Sunday.
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