By Maryam Hessaby
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, October 9, 2021 – Uzbekistan Premier League winners AGMK produced a magnificent come-from-behind 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-18, 25-19) victory against Rebisco-Philippines for first win in their second Pool B clash at the 2021 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at Terminal 21 Hall on Saturday.
Rebisco tried to gain the pride lost in straight sets to Sirjan Foulad Iranian the previous day and the Filipinos made a confident start in their Saturday’s encounter against AGMK. Their more determination paid its dividends earlier when the in-form Rebisco surged away to win the close first set 26-24.
Going down 0-1, AGMK fought back hard in the second set and they were seemingly going through the motion, resisting the rival’s best efforts to take the thrilling set 25-23, again in a tough contest.
After that, AGMK, powered by hard-attacking Khosinov Bunyodbek, gained a stranglehold over the third set as they excelled in attack to grab the set win 25-18 and stretch it to 2-1.
Rebisco staged a determined comeback in the fourth set but still found the AGMK’s overwhelming dominance too good at final stretch to do down 19-25. AGMK claimed their first victory in this Championship, while the Philippine side remained lacklustre with two straight losses.
Rebisco’s Joshua Retamar said, “I think, we failed to bring our A-game in terms of service reception and struggled to pass the ball. However, we were still able to adjust our plays and attacks. We have learned a lot from our adjustments despite failing to take our first win here in Thailand”.
On Sunday, Rebisco Philippines will take on Al-Arabi Sports Club, while AGMK go up against Sirjan Foulad Iranian, which had a rest day on Saturday.
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