NEC Red Rockets, CMFC, Garuda register wins on Day 2 of Asian Women’s Club Championship
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 12, 2018 – Japan’s NEC Red Rockets, Chinese Taipei’s CMFC and Indonesia’s Garuda emerged as winners on Thursday, as pool play continued for the SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.
In Group A, Japan’s NEC Red Rockets raced back from two sets down, to win 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-11) against Thailand’s Supreme. Nanami Hirose scored a total of 23 points, with captain Mizuki Yanagita adding another 18 markers.
Chinese Taipei’s CMFC likewise went into the decider against Iran’s Paykan and won (24-26, 26-24, 15-25, 25-16, 15-11) in Group B. Wei-Hua Wu captained her team with 25 attacks, and notably delivering in crucial plays in the tie-breaker. Tzu-Ya Chen also helped out with 17 points (13 attacks, 3 service aces, 1 block).
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Garuda won in straight sets against Sri Lanka’s Lanka Lions (25-20, 25-16, 25-11) in Group C of the competition. Coach Muhammad Ansori’s team led on all scoring fronts, with Garuda captain Aprilia Manganang leading the pack with 16 points.
Pool play will conclude on Friday with Indonesia’s Garuda vs. Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long AN (Group C) at 12:30 local time; China ‘s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel vs. Japan’s NEC Red Rockets (Group A) at 15:00 local time; and Kazakhstan’s Altay vs. Chinese Taipei’s CMFC (Group B) at 19:00 local time.