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Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 13, 2018 – Indonesia’s Garuda gained the top spot in Group C of the SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship after a 3-1 defeat (15-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23) of Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long An on Friday at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.

Aprilia Manganang powered the Indonesian club’s offense with 32 points, from 28 attacks and four blocks. Captain Amalia Nabila (12 points) and Nandita Salsabila (10 points) also contributed with double-digit points.

Aprilia said “We are happy to win our second match, but our journey in this competition is still long and difficult. For sure, we still want to play better and at a higher level in the next round.”

VTV Bing Dien Long An established an 8-5 lead in the first technical time-out as they displayed better defensive coverage and passing. This enabled them to properly orchestrate their counter-attacks. Garuda ran good plays, but were unable to consistently play well in transition. The Vietnam club was getting the advantage in the frontline with Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa and Tran Thi Thanh Thuy. Garuda called upon their taller players including Hany Budiarti help address this. The team later committed errors to give the 16-11 lead to their opponents. Aprilia was the main option for the Indonesia club, but this paled in comparison to VTV’s more comprehensive game plan: NTN Hoa at the middle, TTT Thuy at the wing, combined with a good defensive stance. The Vietnam club took the first set at 25-15.

In the next set, Garuda needed to impose a stronger presence at the net, or serve with more pressure. They had Wilda Sugandi and Amalia up front, but could not organize their blocks properly. They also needed to open up their offense more, and utilize Novia Andriyanti at the wing. The Indonesian club were able to sustain a good contest, but committed errors to help give their opponents the 16-13 lead at the second TTO. Aprilia managed to score a string of points to help Garuda overtake at 18-17. With service aces from Nandita and successful deflections, the Indonesian club won the second set at 25-18.

The third set saw Garuda with more aggressive blocking, and with better effort on the second line of defense. This likewise enabled them to run their counter-attacks more precisely and decisively, to help take 8-4 at the first TTO. Nandita and Amalia also became more accessible as offensive options. VTV tried to build a comeback with Duong Thi Hen at the wing. They later suffered from errors in reception an attack, to give their opponents 16-11 at the second TTO. Meanwhile, Aprilia continued to provide firepower from the various zones to help give Garuda 25-18 in the third set.

By the fourth set, VTV raced to an 8-2 edge in the first TTO, with renewed energy and precision in attack. Garuda equalized at 13-13 by bringing in back-to-back blocks. The Vietnam club tried to keep at pace but suffered from misfired attacks, and could not seem to seize the lead. Aprilia completed the fourth set at 25-23 with a swing from the left.


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