Joshua Umandal sustained his prolific form as Rebisco edged out CEB Sports Club of Sri Lanka, 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 25-11, to secure ninth place at the 2021 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Terminal 21 Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Wednesday (13 October).
Umandal erupted for a game-high 28 points built on 20 attacks, five blocks and three aces, leading the Filipinos to their lone win in the continental meet after going winless across four matches in Group B pool stage.
Holding on a 13-10 edge in the decisive fifth set, the Philippine team managed put the pressure on the Sri Lankans, who coughed out a crucial error from the service line.
Umandal then went for the jugular in the ensuing sequence as he hammered down the lethal blow to end Rebisco's campaign on a high note.
Team captain John Vic De Guzman and Nico Almendras proved instrumental as they delivered 11 points apiece while Kim Malabunga and Francis Saura shouldered the offensive load with 10 points each.
CEB, on the other hand, closed out the tournament in 10th place.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.