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Choco Mucho’s stand falls short vs Zhetysu, enters AVC Club QF winless


Choco Mucho put up a courageous fight but fell short against Kazakhstan’s Zhetysu, 22-25, 19-25, 15-25, on the second day of the 2021 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship, Saturday at Terminal 21 Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Six-foot-three open spiker Valeriya Shatunova and 6-foot-2 opposite hitter Anastasiya Gurbanova took turns dropping bombs for the nine-time Kazakhstan women’s volleyball league champions.

Gurbanova finished with 19 points. Meanwhile, Shatunova and team captain Svetlana Parukova tallied 14 points apiece.

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“Siguro we need more time to be able to jell together. For now, more day-to-day improvement,” said Deanna Wong, who started the game after coming off the bench yesterday.

“We need to work together as a team,” added the 23-year-old setter out of Ateneo.

Zhetysu ended the match on a 10-4 rally, topped by a Natalya Akilova dump. That completed the sweep, 25-15.

The Kazakhs pulled away from a 16-16 deadlock via seven unanswered points. Then Parukova capped it with two spikes to take the second set, 25-19.

Pushed to the limit in the first salvo, 19-24, Choco Mucho racked up three straight points, highlighted by two blocks from Mylene Paat, to inch within two.

But middle blocker Tatyana Mashkova punched the finishing blast with a running attack to give Zhetysu the 1-0 lead.

Kalei Mau, checked in the first two frames, got her groove in the third with five points to end with 11 points. She was the lone double-digit scorer for the Filipinas, though.

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Tin Tiamzon added eight, while Mylene Paat – who was upgraded to the starting six – chimed in seven points on five attacks and two blocks.

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Middle blockers Ria Meneses and Dell Palomata were effective, making seven and five points, respectively.

Following a sluggish first set for the Kazakhs, committing eight errors, they only had six the rest of the way.

The 0-2 Choco Mucho will face the eventual second seed from Group B in the crossover quarterfinals on Monday at 7:00 PM.

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