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SEA Games: Philippines fends off Cambodia in men’s volleyball opener

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 10:04 PM December 02, 2019

Men’s volleyball players Joshua Retamar and Marck Espejo after their first day victory in the SEA Games. Photo by Mark Giongco

MANILA, Philippines — Banking on a potent offense and sturdy defense, the Philippines hammered out a 29-27, 25-17, 25-17, win over Cambodia at the start of men’s volleyball in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Monday night at Philsports Arena in Pasig.

Marck Espejo fired a game-high 21 points in an efficient offensive outing while Bryan Bagunas added 14 for the Philippines, which is looking to make noise in the sport this time.

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It was a rousing start for the Filipinos but Espejo believes the team still has a lot of room for improvement.

“We struggled in the first set because we had a slow start, but we were able to recover in the latter part,” Espejo told reporters in Filipino.

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“There will be errors every game but we are hoping to fix that especially during the crucial stages of the game,” the five-time UAAP MVP said after the Philippines committed 19 miscues.

Apart from Espejo and Bagunas, the Nationals also got a huge lift from Joshua Retamar.

Retamar, National University’s incoming sophomore, anchored the Philippines’ net defense with six blocks en route to an 11-point night.

“I just did my part and what coach taught me especially in blocking,” the 19-year-old Retamar, who was a late addition to the team, said in Filipino.

The Philippines hopes to go 2-0 against Vietnam, which won the bronze medal in the 2017 edition of the Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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