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PH beach volleyball squads bow to Thai foes

SUBIC - The Filipino volleybelles put up a fight, but the Thais were just too much to handle.

The Thailand team refused to give up a set, sweeping the hosts, 2-0 in the 30th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball competition at the converted Subic Tennis Court on Tuesday.

The Thais preserved an immaculate 4-0 win-loss record in the tournament which made a return to the biennial meet after an eight-year absence.

At 2-2, the Philippines remains in the hunt for a bronze medal finish if it blanks Singapore, according to head coach Paul Jan Doloiras.

Sisi Rondina is not leaving anything to chance, vowing to give it her all once she hits the sand court against the Singapore.

"We know it will be a tough game. Their players are veterans but of course we're not going to let them win because we're talking about the bronze medal here," Rondina said in Filipino.

Rondina and partner Bernadeth Pons pushed the Thais to their limit, with the opening frame going the distance, 24-26. The Thais gained steam in the second frame, though, breaking free from an 11-all deadlock to put the strangle hold on the victory, 21-15.

Rondina said they are charging it to experience.

"We're blessed that we're able to see how we will fare against these teams," she said.

The tandem of Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez suffered the same fate.

Thailand's Tanarattha Udomchavee and Rumpaipruet Numwong made short work of the Filipino duo, 21-14, 21-14.

Philippines will tackle Singapore on Dec. 6.