Santiago-Manabat efforts not enough to push PH volleybelles against Thai team at Asian Women’s Club Volley tourney

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Chonburi deals Rebisco another setback [Asian Volleyball Confederation / Eddy Phongphakthana]
Chonburi deals Rebisco another setback [Asian Volleyball Confederation / Eddy Phongphakthana]

The Philippines’ Rebisco bowed to Thailand’s Supreme Chonburi, 11-25, 16-25, 16-25, for its second straight Pool B defeat in the 21st Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship campaign Saturday at the Terminal 21 competition hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Dindin Santiago-Manabat, playing for the first time after missing last Friday’s opener, displayed flashes of brilliance in the third set but her effort was not enough for Rebisco to claim its first win in the continental club competition.

Rebisco failed to rebound from a 23-25, 13-25, 17-25 loss at the hands of Kazhakstan’s Altay in the Pool B opener.

Mhicaela Belen, who had 13 points in her fearless senior debut, was held to a single point this time.

Faith Nisperos took the scoring mantle for Rebisco with eight points while Majoy Baron chipped in seven points.

Santiago-Manabat scattered five of her six points in the third set, while Kianna Dy also had six points for the Philippine side.

Ivy Lacsina, who along with Santiago-Manabat missed the opening match along with skipper Aby Maraño and Eya Laure, entered in the third set.

Captain Pleumjit Thinkaow had 12 points while Wipawee Srithong and Waranya Srilaoong each had 11 points for the Thais, who rose to a Pool B-best 2-0 record.

Rebisco hopes to nail a breakthrough against Saipa of Iran to close its preliminaries campaign at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The team is one of the two squads — supported by Rebisco, Asics, the Philippine Sports Commission, and Taguig City.

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