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Choco Mucho drops opener in 2021 Asian club volleyball

Beatrice Go
Choco Mucho drops opener in 2021 Asian club volleyball

FIRST LOSS. Choco Mucho absorbs a straight-set loss to Nakhon Ratchasima QminC.

Asian Volleyball Confederation

Choco Mucho marks the country's return to international volleyball with a loss to home team Nakhon Ratchasima QminC

Choco Mucho opened the Philippine campaign with a loss to Nakhon Ratchasima QminC in the 2021 Asian Volleyball Club Championships on Friday, October 1 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The 2020-2021 Thailand league runner-up swept the Philippine club in straight sets, 25-11, 28-26, 25-17, in the preliminary round of the women’s club tournament.

With the win, Nakhon Ratchasima takes the early lead in Pool A as Choco Mucho stays at the bottom with one loss.

Team captain Moksri Chatchu-on tallied 18 attacks, one block and one ace to lead the Thais, while Kannika Thipachot chipped in 14 attacks.

Fil-Hawaiian Kalei Mau led the Philippine side with 12 points off 11 attacks and 1 block.

After absorbing a beating in the opening set, Choco Mucho bounced back in the second frame, taking the lead for the first time, 6-5.

The match went into back and forth action until Mau brought it to set point, 24-22. Though being one point away from equalizing the match, Mau’s attack sailed wide, allowing the home team to rally back and take the 2-0 lead.

Though Choco Mucho managed to cut the deficit to one, 7-8, off a 3-0 rally in the third set, Nakhon Ratchasima bounced back with an 8-2 run that stretched the lead.

As the Thai squad reached set point, 24-15, Choco Mucho called a timeout and made a final stand by scoring back-to-back points before the home team sealed the victory.

Choco Mucho aims to rebound quickly over Kazakhstan’s Zhetysu on Saturday, October 2 at 1:30 pm. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.