Team Rebisco suffered its second consecutive loss after receiving a straight-set beatdown from Supreme Chonburi, 11-25, 16-25, 16-25, in the 2021 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship on Saturday (2 October) at the Terminal 21 Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Behind 10-time Southeast Asia (SEA) Games gold medallist Pleumjit Thinkaow, Supreme Chonburi prevented the Philippine contingent from barging into the win column while catapulting themselves to the top of Pool B with a 2-0 win-loss slate in the preliminaries.
Thinkaow finished with a game-high 12 built on two attacks and a pair of blocks as the Thailand club team dismantled Rebisco, who were at full strength following the health clearances of Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Aby Maraño, Eya Laure and Ivy Lacsina.
Wipawee Srithong and Waranya Srilaoong provided ample support on offence for Thinkaow as the two contributed 11 points apiece.
Rebisco, on the other hand, leaned on Faith Nisperos who delivered eight points, five of which coming in the third set where she tried to lead a comeback before the Thais sealed the deal.
Majoy Baron and Kianna Dy, the two stalwarts who made a last-minute switch from Choco Mucho to Rebisco, managed seven and six points respectively, while Santiago-Manabat had six of her own in a losing effort.
Rebisco Philippines will try again for their breakthrough win when they face Iranian squad Saipa Tehran on Sunday.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.