Team Rebisco fought back in the last two sets but still couldn’t muster enough energy to sustain its charge as it bowed to hometown squad Nakhon Ratchasima QminC, 25-11, 25-19, 25-18, in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Thailand.
The Filipina spikers briefly led the third set, 11-10, but the Thais slowly pulled away with a variety of offense anchored on Kuttika Kaewpin and Chatchu-on Moksri to advance to the semifinals.
The loss was Rebisco’s fourth including three from the preliminaries, kissing its title bid goodbye and relegating them in the classification phase for fifth to seventh places.
Nakhon Ratchasima, which remained unbeaten since the prelims, awaits the winner between Supreme Chonburi and Team Choco Mucho, who are playing at press time.
Dindin Manabat, Aby Maraño and Kamille Cal challenged the Thais with their combination plays, but Nakhon Ratchasima’s rock-solid floor and net defense were too much to handle.
It also didn’t help that the Filipinas gave up 22 points off unforced errors.
The Thais displayed their offensive strength by firing 46 attacks compared for the Filipinas’ 27.