SUPREME, ALTAY, VTV SWEEP OPPONENTS ON DAY 1 AT ASIAN WOMEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 11, 2018 – Hosts Altay (KAZ), title-holders Supreme (THA) and VTV Binh Dien Long An (VIE) opened their bid at the SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship with straight-set wins on Wednesday at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.
In Group A, Thailand’s Supreme defeated China’s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel (25-20, 25-22, 25-11), as steered by the powerful performance of Ajcharaporn Kongyot. The Thai hitter scored a total of 17 points, including four crucial points that changed the pace of the match towards the end of the second set. Setter Nootsara Tomkom further orchestrated the Thai club’s offense by heavily utilizing the middle attack of Pleumjit Thinkaow and Taylor Sandbothe.
Host team Altay fired up the home crowd with their victory against Iran’s Paykan (25-18, 25-16, 25-17) in Group B. Liudmila Khabibullina bested all scorers with 16 points (13 attacks and three blocks). Captain Sana Anarkulova and Olga Drobyshevskaya added 10 points each. The Kazakh club led on all fronts, scoring off 40 attacks, 11 blocks, and seven service aces.
In an earlier match in Group C, Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long An won against Sri Lanka’s Lanka Lions (25-8, 25-10, 25-11), by utilizing their taller, stronger frontline. Tran Thi Thanh Thuy scored 14 points with captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa contributing 13 more.
Pool play will continue on Thursday with Lanka Lions facing Indonesia’s Garuda (Group C) at 12:30; Japan’s NEC Red Rockets against Supreme (Group A) at 15:00; and Chinese Taipei’s CMFC vs. Paykan (Group B) at 17:30. All times local.
The eventual winners will represent AVC in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship.
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