MANILA, Philippines – The disparity in experience became apparent when Team Choco Mucho lost to Kazakh club Zhetysu in the group stage of the 2021 AVC Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Thailand.
Choco Mucho fell on Saturday in Terminal 21 in his second match against Zhetysu, the winning club in the Kazakhstan women’s volleyball league, in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-15.
Setter Deanna Wong said it all came down to calm.
“I think individually we lacked the composure. That’s what we really need: maturity in the game, for ourselves, but also for working together as a team,” said Wong, pointing out that cohesion and chemistry need to be improved in the run-up to the tournament.
“We should improve these aspects ourselves every day”,
Choco Mucho went 0-2 in Group A, but will still face the number 2 team in Group B in the quarter-finals.
Unlike Zhetysu, who won nine titles in Kazakhstan, Team Rebisco has only been together for two months and consists of players from different clubs in the Premier Volleyball League.
Head coach Odjie Mamon said his team has slowly gotten better on the defensive side of the floor, but admitted he is disappointed with the lack of urgency in attack.
“It was quite disappointing that we can make good shots on defense but not convert on offense,” said Mamon. “For now, we really need to work on team cohesion and make sure their teamwork is really reflected in the game.”
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