Rebisco survives 5-setter vs CEB Sports Club to finish 9th in Asian Men’s Club tilt

Karl Cedrick Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 13 2021 07:26 PM | Updated as of Oct 13 2021 07:49 PM

Photo from Asian Volleyball Confederation
Photo from Asian Volleyball Confederation

(UPDATED) Rebisco Philippines escaped the gritty Sri Lankan team CEB Sports Club in a marathon five sets to end the 2021 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship on a winning note in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

The Philippine contingent kept its composure in the deciding set to win over the Sri Lankans, 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11, on Wednesday and finished the 10-team league at ninth place.

Rebisco appeared to have taken full control of the match after an impressive third-set performance where they were not threatened from the start. 

Jao Umandal scored back-to-back hits for a 23-17 advantage in the third before Francis Saura ended it via a quick hit. 

But the Philippine team slowed down in the fourth and found themselves at a 17-23 hole before Nico Almendras sparked a 4-1 run down the stretch to save several set points, 21-24. Sri Lanka, however, halted the rally of Rebisco to force a decider. 

In the fifth set, Rebisco held on to their two-point lead until Umandal drilled powerful attacks anew followed by a hit from team captain Johnvic de Guzman for a 12-8 separation. 

CEB Sports Club then committed an error to put the Philippines at match point.

The Philippines dropped to the 9th-10th classification match after losing all its four matches in the preliminary round.