Re­bisco-PSL fal­ters to Thai­land in Asian women’s vol­ley

Panay News - - SPORTS -  By Adria n Stewa rt Co

MANILA – Re­bisco- PSL Manila man­aged to steal a set be­fore suf­fer­ing a 25-20, 25- 12, 18- 25, 27- 25 de­feat to Supreme Chon­buri VC of Thai­land in the 2017 Asian Women’s Club Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships i n Ust- Kamenogorsk, Kaza­khstan.

Af­ter drop­ping the first two sets, Re­bisco-PSL banked on Jaja San­ti­ago and Ilong­gas Jove­lyn Gon­zaga and Aby Maraño to build a huge lead in the third frame and ex­tend the match to another set.

Re­bisco- PSL was poised to ex­tend­ing the match to a fifth set af­ter sur­viv­ing two match points behind two cru­cial hits by Gon­zaga, but a costly mis­cue by the ref­eree clinched the match for the Thai squad on Mon­day night.

“We played well to­day, but the ref­er­ees’ call didn’t come our way,” said Re­bisco- PSL head coach Fran­cis Vicente.

San­ti­ago top-scored with 22 points, while Gon­zaga added 14 and Maraño fin­ished with 13, in­clud­ing three blocks, for Re­bisco- PSL, which suf­fered its fourth de­feat in as many games.

The t eam will t ry t o sal­vage a sev­enth place fin­ish in the bat­tle for sev­enth place to­day af­ter los­ing to Sar­mayeh Bank of Iran, 25- 23, 25-17, 29-27, at the start of the clas­si­fi­ca­tion round on Tues­day.

Re­in­force­ment Fa­tou Niane Diouck ac­counted for 28 points, while Kongyot Ajchara­porn added 14 for Supreme Chon­buri, which was sur­pris­ingly dom­i­nated by the Philip­pine team in the block­ing (10-8) and serv­ing depart­ment (7-2).

It was Supreme Chon­buri’s fourth tri­umph in as many games in the tour­na­ment that the Thais won five times be­fore.

Re­bisco- PSL, which took over the spot of Fo­ton Tor­na­does, was us­ing the matches in the tour­na­ment to pre­pare for the South­east Asian Games in Au­gust./

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