Choco Mucho bucked a slow start and turned back Rebisco, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17, Wednesday in the classification round for fifth to seventh places of the 2021 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Fighting for bragging rights, the Choco Mucho spikers played more solidly against their compatriots to arrange a fifth-place match against Kazakhstn’s Zhetysu VC on Thursday.
Choco Mucho struggled with their erratic plays in the opening set where they gave up 11 points to Rebisco, but returned with a dominating defense in the second set.
They took a 10-8 lead anchored on an improved offense headed by Kalei Mau and setter Deanna Wong, then pulled away for a 20-11 cushion en route to the set with win.
MJ Phillips and Ria Meneses also spelled the difference for Choco Mucho particularly in the next two frames, further strengthening their offense at the net.
It was Choco Mucho’s first win in the tournament after finishing with a 0-2 mark in the preliminaries and bowing to Supreme Chonburi, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21, in the quarterfinals.
Rebisco, meanwhile, finished the tournament winless including three matches in the preliminaries and 25-11, 25-19, 25-18 quarters defeat over Nakhon Ratchasima QminC.
Overall, Choco Mucho fired more attacks against Rebisco, 53-45, and had more blocks, 9-4. Both teams committed identical 27 errors.
Meanwhile, semifinal matches pit Thai teams Nakhon Ratchasima against Supreme Chonburi, and Saipa Tehran’s Iran versus Kazakhstan’s Altay.
The tournament stakes the champion a berth to the FIVB World Women’s Club Volleyball Championships in Ankara, Turkey in December.