Choco Mucho succumbed to Supreme Chonburi in straight sets, 13-25, 22-25, 21-25, and bade its title hopes farewell at the 2021 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Terminal 21 Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Monday (4 October).
The Philippine club team leaned on Kalei Mau and Mylene Paat to battle back from a lethargic start but the Thailand powerhouse proved too much down the stretch as Supreme Chonburi secured a semi-final berth.
Trailing by six in the decisive third set, 13-19, the Filipinas found their groove in the succeeding sequences to string consecutive attacks that cut the deficit down to 17-19.
However, Malika Kanthong, Wipawee Srithong and Pleumjit Thinkaow restored order for Supreme Chonburi as the reliable trio a spearheaded a match-clinching 6-4 spurt to complete the straight-sets win.
Kanthong led the Thais with 16 points, 10 of which coming in the second set where she helped Supreme Chonburi weather the offensive storm of Mau and Paat. Srithong also shouldered the offensive load with 13 points while team captain Thinkaow supplemented 12 points in the crucial win.
Choco Mucho, on the other hand, saw Mau's spirited 16-point production go down the drain in the loss that relegated them to the classification round. Paat managed 14 points built on 11 attacks, two aces and a block in a losing effort as the rest of the Filipinas failed to score beyond five points in the contest.
Choco Mucho will take on Rebisco in the classification match on Wednesday.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.