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