MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine women’s volleyball team is looking to bounce back after their straight sets loss to Vietnam, this time against Singapore in the elimination round of the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The podium place hope of the national squad still alive if they will defeat Singapore this Thursday, May 11. Game time set at 6:00 pm.

Philippines vs Singapore women's volleyball SEA Games 2023
Team Philippines is composed of core of Creamline Cool Smashers club team. Photo Credit: PVL via One Sports

On Wednesday, Vietnam, the second-placed finishers in the past 10 of 11 SEA Games, handed the Philippines its first loss of the competition (25-20, 25-17,25-19).

Team Philippines dominated its first assignment in Group B againt host Cambodia last Tuesday, 25-5, 25-5, 25-5.

Ending the 18-year drought since the country last won a medal, bronze in Manila Games in 2005, is the plan.

“I’m just really thankful for the trust of the coaches. It feels really different when you play for the country,” said team camptain Alyssa Valdez. “With that trust, we will give our all for a good fight for this SEA Games.”

The Philippine team spent two weeks training together in Osaka, Japan in an effort to break that barrier, under the stewardship of Brazil’s head coach Jorge Souza de Brito.

In Group A, the defending champion Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia will also battle in round-robin.

NOTE: The top two of each group will play in the semifinal round. The winners of the semifinal round will play for the gold medal and the losers will play for the bronze medal.

SEA Games 2023 volleyball preliminary results, Wednesday, May 10

Group A

Thailand beat Myanmar 3-0 (25-8, 25-8, 25-6)

Indonesia beat Malaysia 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-12)

Group B

Vietnam beat Philippines 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-19)

Singapore beat Cambodia 3-0 (25-15, 25-3, 25-10)

The ranking rounds of the competition will start on May 13.

How to watch Philippine volleyball matches at SEA Games 2023 live?

Catch the coverage of 32nd SEA Games on One Sports and One Sports+.

You may also watch the most anticipated games live via official broadcaster, Smart LiveStream App from from May 5 to 17.

The Smart LiveStream App is downloadable on the App Store and the Google Play Store, and subscribers will only need to enter a valid Smart Prepaid or Postpaid mobile number to enjoy the service. Upon registration, users will promptly receive an OTP code via SMS, which can be used to start enjoying the features of Smart LiveStream App on their smartphones.

The livestream feed of the game will be posted here once available.

— The Summit Express