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31st SEA Games [Beach Volleyball]: Singapore suffer opening day defeats to Philippines

Facing bronze medal rivals at the 2019 SEA Games, Singapore men's beach volleyball team could not prevent a similar outcome on the Opening Day of pool play

Kinglsey Tay attempts a spike in the first of two matches against the Philippines. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

Tuan Chau, Vietnam, 15 May 2022 - Singapore's Men and Women beach volleyball teams suffered opening day defeats against a strong Philippines side, going down 0-2 each.

Watch snippets of the Men's Beach Volleyball match and our SEA Games highlights from 15 May here on Studio Plus.

Facing the bronze medalists and familiar opponents from the 2019 SEA Games, the men's comprising Kingsley Tay, Trevis Tan, Nicholas Kiu and Nicholas Law were unable to prevent a 0-2 reverse despite a strong start in their opening sets.

Ong Wei Yu and Eliza Chong of Team 2 from the Singapore Women's Team in the Singapore vs Philippines Beach Volleyball Pool Play match. PHOTO: SPORTPLUS.SG

Men's Beach Volleyball: Philippines 2-0 Singapore

Team 1 of Kingsley Tay and Trevis Tan started well with confidence flowing in their veins following a string of good rallies and smart finishes with Kingsley Tay's aerial dominance in particularly proving to be a difficulty for the Pilipinas.

Nicholas Law of Singapore punches his fist in jubilation after winning a crucial point against the Philippines Men's Beach Volleyball team in Pool Play. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

The Philippines duo of Garcia and Arbasto were however quick to respond and displayed tactical superiority to claim both sets with a score of 21-15, 21-17.

Trevis Tan (right) dives to save a point for Singapore in the match against Philippines Beach Volleyball Pool Play match. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

Women's Beach Volleyball: Philippines 2-0 Singapore

The women's team, with three SEA Games debutants, also kickstarted their SEA Games campaign today, going down 0-2 against Team Philippines who also placed third at the last edition of the games.

Team 1 comprising Cecilia Soh and Alicia Tan, both making their SEA Games bow, fell to a more experienced Philippines pairing Rondina and Pons with a score line of 14-21, 9-21.

Alicia Tan (left) and Cecilia Soh celebrate a point in their match against Rondina and Pons of the Philippines. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

Paired against strong Philippines duo Gonzaga and Rodriguez, Team 2's Eliza Chong and Ong Wei Yu were also defeated 21-12, 21-8.

Eliza Chong and Floremel Rodriguez had previously faced off at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines when both players had different partners.

Rodriguez teamed up with Angeline Marie Gervacio, while Eliza Chong partnered Gladys Lee as Singapore also suffered a 2-0 defeat (21-18, 21-16).

Ong Wei Yu (right) leaps to block a spike in the match against the Philippines in Pool Play. PHOTO: DYAN TJHIA, SNOC

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