The national men’s volleyball team dropped its first game in the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Monday at the MITEC Hall 11 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The towering and well-experienced Vietnamese capitalized on the scrambling defense of the national squad in the first two sets. But Ranran Abdilla and Bryan Bagunas pulled off a gallant stand in the deciding set and gained a 16-13 lead for the Philippines.
Vietnam, however, recuperated at the latter part of the match, 20-19 before sealing the match with a booming kill at the middle.
On the other hand, defending champion Thailand tallied its first win in Group A when it crushed Myanmar in straight sets 25-22, 25-19, 29-27.