SEA Games 2023: Thailand Vs. Vietnam In Women’s Volleyball Final
The Philippines and Indonesia will square off against one another in the contest for the bronze medal, and both teams inlcuding Vietnam are doing everything they can to avoid the awful fourth place finish.
The Philippines were defeated by Thailand, the undefeated champion of the women’s volleyball competition at the Southeast Asian Games, by a score of 3-0, despite the fervent support they received from the spectators and the fact that they put out their best effort.
On Saturday (13 May), Thailand defeated the Filipinas in three sets by scores of 25-22, 25-9, and 25-12 to advance to the championship match on Sunday. There, they will face Vietnam, who prevailed over Indonesia in the second semi-final match of the night.
The match was considerably more competitive than expected, and it went all the way to a tiebreaker before Vietnam emerged victorious with a 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-15, 16-25, 25-22, 15-12).
In the earlier of the two semi-finals, the Filipinas gave it their all in the opening set in an attempt to knock off the Thai favorites.
In the two weeks before up to the Cambodian Games, the team trained in Japan under the direction of Brazilian coach and Olympic gold medalist Jorge Edson Souza de Brito. The results of this training camp were evident in the squad’s ability to absorb spikes quickly and execute well-rehearsed set plays. Despite this, Thailand, the team ranked number 15 in the world, had enough to win the first set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
After that point, the Filipinas were unable to respond without their talismanic captain, Alyssa Valdez, who is currently making limited appearances on the court in Phnom Penh in her maiden competition back after an extended injury layoff. As a direct consequence of this, the Thai team had the advantage and went on to compete for the gold medal.
Valdez and the rest of her teammates are doing everything they can to escape the destiny that befell them at the last three Southeast Asian Games, which was the dreaded fourth place finish.
Valdez told Olympics.com in an exclusive interview prior to the semi-final, “We’re really praying that we can give pride and honour to our country, and bringing home some medals as well,”
“I can tell that all of the girls are really giving all of the energy that we require, and we are really giving it our all,” said the coach. “We are really giving our best.”
Indonesia won the first set of the second semifinal match, but Vietnam came back and won the next. This trend continued for the next two games, and the first-to-15 tiebreak was the only thing that separated the two teams until the end of the match.
Vietnam, who had won silver medals in 10 of the past 11 editions of the Southeast Asian Games, upset Indonesia, who have consistently earned the bronze medal in the women’s volleyball competition, in the second of two semi-final matches. The competition for the bronze medal between Indonesia and the Philippines will now take place on Sunday.
After this, Thailand will compete against Vietnam in the championship match on Sunday, May 14 at 17:00, while Indonesia and the Philippines will battle it out for the third and final podium spot at 19:00.
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