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Choco Mucho bows to Supreme Chonburi in Asian Club Volleyball quarters

Beatrice Go
Choco Mucho bows to Supreme Chonburi in Asian Club Volleyball quarters

LIFTING THE SQUAD. Mylene Paat chips in to the Choco Mucho offense.

Asian Volleyball Confederation

Choco Mucho ends its title hopes as it loses to two-time champion Supreme Chonburi

Choco Mucho fell to two-time tournament champion Supreme Chonburi in the 2021 Asian Club Volleyball Championships quarterfinals on Monday, October 4 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Supreme Chonburi bounced back from its loss to Altay Volleyball Club with a straight-set win, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21, over Choco Mucho and clinched a semifinal berth.

It will be an all-Thailand matchup for the first semifinal duel as Supreme will face home club Nakhon Ratchasima QminC.

Choco Mucho, however, will be relegated to the classification round like sister team Rebisco. The final matchup will be determined by the result between Zhetysu and Saipa Tehran happening at 7 pm Monday.

Breakout player Malika Kanthong topscored for Supreme with 16 points, while Kalei Mau led the Philippine squad with 16 markers as well.

Though Supreme took control of the opening set, Choco Mucho bounced back in the second frame as Mylene Paat lifted the Philippine squad early.

Choco Mucho managed to nab a four-point lead, 7-3, early in the second set, but suffered a collapse when Supreme staged a 5-0 run to lead 20-19.

Supreme Chonburi’s Kanthong, who came off the bench, proved to be the hero for the Thais as she closed out the second set for a 2-0 advantage.

Choco Mucho attempted to stay within reach of Supreme in the third and final set, but could not overturn the lead. Iris Tolenada led a mini 3-0 run to get the Filipinas within two, 17-19, but Kanthong led Supreme’s offense to put away the game to the Thais’ favor. – Rappler.com

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.