Indonesia blanked the Philippine women's beach volleyball team on Friday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Subic Tennis Court.
The country's prized duo of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons forced a deciding set against Indonesia 1 but ultimately faltered in the homestretch, 18-21, 21-116, 13-15.
Philippines' Team 1 was ahead 13-12 on Rondina's down the line hit before its foes scored three straight points in the thrilling third set to take the match before a jam-packed crowd.
Representing Philippine Team 2, Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez suffered the same fate against Indonesia's second team, 14-21, 16-21.
The Filipinas will try to bounce back on Sunday against Vietnam.
"We're still thankful no one got hurt today. We're going to bounce back," said Rondina in Filipino. "At least we showed what we can do, what we're made of. At least we showed we can keep up with them."
The Philippines, though, had reason to celebrate on Friday before the sports spectacle formally opens at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
The men's beach volleyball made a splash in its opening match, sweeping Timor Leste, 2-0.
James Buytrago and Jaron Requinton of Philippine Team 1 put up an impressive outing as they clobbered Timor Leste 1, 21-13, 21-16.
The tandem of Jude Garcia and Edmar Bonono followed suit, running away with a dominating 21-7, 21-16 win over Timor Leste 2's Silvano Aduauo and Denyanos Belo.
The Filipinos will take on Malaysia the day after the Games formally open at the Philippine Arena.
Beach volleyball is returning after an eight-year absence in the regional meet.