Team Rebisco crashed out of title contention in the 2021 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship after suffering a straight-set 11-25, 19-25, 18-25 beatdown at the hands of hosts Nakhon Ratchasima QminC on Monday (4 October) at the Terminal 21 Hall in Thailand.
The loss relegated the Philippine club team to the classification round, while the four-time Thailand League champions clinched a semi-final berth to keep their title hopes alive.
Nakhon Ratchasima drew strength from the scoring prowess of Chatsuda Nilapa, Kuttika Kaewpin, Chatchu-on Moksri and Karina Krause, as the quartet spearheaded the offensive thrust that overwhelmed Rebisco from start to finish.
Even without seasoned setter Tomkon Nootsara and Kannika Thipachot, the Thais comfortably held Rebisco at bay.
Rebisco saw a glimmer of hope in the third set after their youth brigade led by Ivy Lacsina snatched a one-point edge at 11-10.
But that lead proved to be short-lived as the Thailand powerhouse regained control and unloaded a searing 15-7 run to seal the deal.
Nilapa topped the scoring charts with 13 points for Nakhon Ratchasima, which strung ample contribution from Kaewpin as well with 12 points of her own. Moksri and Krause also provided ample offensive support with 11 and nine points, respectively.
On the other hand, Rebisco, which absorbed their fourth loss in as many matches, was led by Lacsina, who delivered nine points. Faith Nisperos managed six points in a losing effort while veterans Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Aby Maraño had four points apiece.
Rebisco will return to action on Wednesday for the classification round.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.