SUBIC - The women's national team scored a thrilling 2-1 win over Vietnam in the 30th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball on Sunday at the Subic Tennis Court here.
The explosive pair of Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons salvaged the victory for the host country after edging Tuong Vy Nguyen and Nguyen Lan Vu in the golden match that was not lacking in action, 22-20, 21-15.
Although team Philippines swept Vietnam in the deciding match, winning was not as easy as the scores suggest.
It was a swashbuckling opening frame in the final match, with the Filipinas struggling to cover Vietnam's well-placed shots, one of which gave the visitors a 20-19 advantage.
But the country's bets found a way to restore order nonetheless, with Rondina sealing the set with back-to-back shots.
Tied at 15-all in the second set, the Filipino duo scored six straight to claim the their first victory after dropping the game against Indonesia on Friday.
"It's an advantage that we're able to watch them before playing them," said Pons. "We were alao able to rest."
Vietnam 2 faced Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguezin the second match. The Filipino volleybelles, though, struggled and reeled to a, 14-21, 16-21 loss.
In the first match, the Rondina-Pons tandem dealt Vietnam 1 a 21-8, 17-21, 15-7 loss.
The women's team will resume its medal quest on Monday when it faces Malaysia at 5:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the men's national team blanked Malaysia to go 2-0 in the tournament.
The pair of Jaron Requinton and James Buytrado trounced Malaysia 1's Jackson Kiet Sing Ting and Raja Saifuddin, 21-19, 22-20.
Representing Ph Team 2, Edmar Bonono and Jude Garcia put up a more dominant outing and made short work of Rafi Nordin and Mohn Zokri, 21-14, 21-12.