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Gallant Choco Mucho bows to Nakhon Ratchasima in AVC Club opener


Choco Mucho yielded to home team Nakhon Ratchasima QminC, 11-25, 26-28, 17-25, to open their 2021 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship campaign, Friday at the Terminal 21 Hall in Thailand.

Facing a nine-point deficit, 15-24, a Sirima Manakit service error gave Choco Mucho a chance followed by a Ria Meneses ace.

However, it was too little, too late as Wanitchaya Luangtonglang fired an off-the-block kill to complete the sweep for Nakhon.

“This is our first game so we’re a little stiff. We’ll always have improvements,” said MJ Phillips after the match.

“This COVID, for some of the ladies it’s been two years, they haven’t played for a while so we’re shaking off the rust but we’re gonna get back to it,” continued the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtor.

After a lopsided opening frame, Choco Mucho retaliated with a strong showing the next set with Deanna Wong facilitating, replacing starter Iris Tolenada.

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The Filipinas reached set point after three consecutive Kalei Mau points off a crosscourt hit, a down-the-line attack, and a block, 24-22.

However, two errors from Choco Mucho and a crosscourt spike by Kannika Thipachot gave Nakhon the lead but Dell Palomata converted on a quick kill before Mylene Paat nailed a crosscourt hit to recover the lead, 26-25.

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Then Thipachot, Chatchu-on Moksri, and Kuttika Kaewpin joined hands to deliver three straight blows and tow Nakhon on the verge of a sweep, 28-26.

Thipachot’s spike, which was first deemed out, was challenged by Nakhon’s coaches and the call was overturned to give the Thais the early 1-0 set.

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Moksri was all over the place and tallied 20 points built on 18 attacks, a block, and a service ace.

Thipachot followed suit with 14 points in the match that lasted 1 hour and 19 minutes.

Mau, who just joined Choco Mucho in Thailand, unloaded 12 points including a kill block.

Lefty Mylene Paat also made her presence felt off the bench, producing eight points, including five in the tight second set.

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Choco Mucho aims for their first win tomorrow when they battle Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan at 1:30 pm.

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