Choco Mucho dropped to the bottom of Pool A with a loss to Kazakhstan’s Zhetysu in the 2021 Asian Club Volleyball Championships on Saturday, October 2 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Nine-time Kazakhstan women’s league champion Zhetysu swept Choco Mucho, 25-22, 25-19, 25-15, in the preliminary round of the women’s tournament.
This gives Choco Mucho the No. 3 seed in Pool A heading into the quarterfinals, which will kick off on Monday, October 4.
Anastasiya Gurbanova led Zhetysu with 19 points, while Kalei Mau tallied 11 points for Choco Mucho.
Zhetysu kicked off its maiden campaign in the Asian tilt with 8 errors – 5 of them from service – in the first set, allowing Choco Mucho to size up to the multi-titled team. The Kazakhs, though, soon regrouped and narrowly claimed the opener, 25-22.
Early in the second frame, Choco Mucho continued to stay within reach of Zhetysu after back-to-back kills from spikers Mylene Paat and Tin Tiamzon to knot the score at 16-all.
But the Kazakhs found their groove and managed to pull away to a seven-point lead towards the end of the second set, 23-16.
Zhetysu exerted mastery over Choco Mucho in third set as the Kazakhs built their largest lead of the game at nine points, 20-11 and denied the Philippine club of a comeback bid. – Rappler.com