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Rebisco-PSL Manila bows to Japan club


Rebisco-PSL Manila failed to sustain its first-set dominance and succumbed to a 25-17, 10-25, 14-25 loss at the hands of Hisamitsu Springs of Japan at the start of the Asian Women’s Club Championships, Thursday at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.

Jaja Santiago led the Filipinas with 16 points, while Kim Fajardo scored four points and 11 excellent sets. Ces Molina, Rhea Dimaculangan and Jovelyn Gonzaga had three points each. Mika Reyes and Rachel Anne Daquis had two points apiece and one point from Aiza Pontillas.

The Rebisco belles had 18 errors, mostly on attacks, which according to head coach Francis Vicente were lacking in speed and coordination against Hisamitsu, the 2002 and 2014 champion team.

“Why are you so sad?” Vicente asked the team. “You learned from them. You didn’t play badly. We just need more speed. More volleyball IQ. You got the Japanese coach worried in the first set. Be proud.”

The Japan club’s middle blocker Fumika Moriya had 14 points, while yuka Taura and Yuka Imamura added 12 and 11 markers, respectively.

Next opponent of Rebisco-PSL Manila is Vietnam, one of the toughest teams in the SEA Games, on Friday at 11:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. Manila time).