Rebisco falter over AGMK, remain winless in Asian Club Volleyball

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Joshua Umandal pours out 19 points in Rebisco's loss to AGMK in the 2021 Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship. (Photo: AVC - Asian Volleyball Confederation/Facebook)
Joshua Umandal pours out 19 points in Rebisco's loss to AGMK in the 2021 Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship. (Photo: AVC - Asian Volleyball Confederation/Facebook)

Rebisco dropped their second assignment and remained winless in the 2021 Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship on Saturday (9 October). 

The Philippine team could not sustain a strong start as they lost to AGMK of Uzbekistan, 26-24, 23-25, 18-25, 19-25, at the Terminal 21 Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.  

Rebisco gained the upper hand in the opening set as Joshua Umandal, Mark Alfafara and Nico Almendras took charge for an early buffer.  

However, the Uzbeks displayed grit and composure in the succeeding frames to pick up their first win and send the Filipinos reeling to their second consecutive defeat in Pool B.  

AGMK unleashed a balanced offensive thrust, which was spearheaded by Bunyod Egamkulov and Bunyodbek Khosinov who both unloaded 18 points each in the contest. 

Azizbek Kuchkorov also made his presence felt in the win as he provided nine attacks, five blocks and an ace for 15 points, while Sanjar Akhtamov supplemented 11 points.  

Rebisco, on the other hand, saw Umandal's tournament-high 19 points go for naught.  

Almendras finished with 14 points in a losing cause, while Alfafara managed seven points.  

Rebisco will now prepare to face Al-Arabi Sports Club of Qatar on Sunday in a bid to breathe life into their semis hopes.  

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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