Vinh Phuc, Vietnam, April 23, 2023 – Intense encounters and unforeseen challenges await all 9 teams participating in the 2023 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship between April 25 and May 2 at the 3,000-seater Vinh Phuc Gymnasium here, as coaches shared their points of view on teams’ preparations and expectations in this continent’s topflight club tournament.

As no official press conference is held for the eight-day championship, the brief interviews with team officials had been conducted in the Preliminary Inquiry on Sunday at the Volleyball Office on the first floor of the DIC Star Hotels & Resorts, the official hotel for all participating teams and officials during their stay in Vinh Phuc.


Hong Kong, China’s Hip Hing VC team head coach Wong Suk Yee

“We trained well in preparation for this tournament and watched videos of some teams we have to take on in our pool. We have three players who joined the Hong Kong, China national team to win the 3rd AVC Women’s Challenge Cup in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand last year. Our first match in this championship will be against Thailand’s Diamond Food Fine Chef Sport Club. I think we can learn from the strong teams like the Thai team. However, I hope that at the end of the tournament we can bring good things including valuable experience back to Hong Kong.”


Vietnam’s Sport Center 1 assistant coach Nguyen Trong Linh

“My team trained well because we are preparing for the Asian Women’s Club Championship in Vinh Phuc and the next month’s SEA Games. We will try our best.”


Chinese Taipei’s King Whale Taipei team head coach Teng Yen Min

“Actually, we finished our competition TVL in Chinese Taipei at the end of March and we’re now about like to continue our game in the other competition. Of course, our goal is to win Pool A and try to get the top four. Our first match will be against Japan’s Hisamitsu Springs and I think it must be a very exciting match.”


Kazakhstan’s Altay VC team head coach Mr Yury Panchenko

“We had only two weeks after our final in the Championship of Kazakhstan and that’s a big problem for my players in terms of their physical conditions. After a long season, it’s always a problem to prepare our team. The other teams will be good experience for our players, not for all the players, but it’s very important for our young players. This tournament will give us a good chance for our team. I think it’s a very difficult competition here because in Asia, volleyball style is very different for players to develop. However, I think we have to play every time better and better.”


Japan’s Hisamitsu Springs head coach Shingo Sakai

“We are very happy to play matches with top team from each country in this tournament. Since some key players in my team are missing this time as they joined the Japan national team, we are not playing a full team here. However, we will try our best. We want to win the championship.”


Thailand’s Diamond Food Fine Chef Sport Club team head coach Kittikun Sriutthawong

“It’s the first day we had trained here and I think it’s quite okay. The weather here in Vinh Phuc is almost the same as in Thailand. My players are in good physical conditions and well-prepared for this tournament. No one gets injured or has a fever. My goal is for my players to finish either the top team or second in our pool in order that we can make it to the semifinals. However, we have to first see how the other teams perform on the very first day of the competition. After that, we will wait and see how we can prepare our team in other matches.”


Mongolia’s Khuvsgul Erchim VC team head coach Kherlen Batdorj

“We arrived here on Saturday. We had to transit for three times to reach Vinh Phuc. Certainly, it was a long traveling. However, we rested well and are ready for training. It’s the first time for Mongolia and my team Khuvsgul Erchim alike to compete in the Asian Women’s Club Championship and I would like to say that I’m very, very happy to be here. Of course we want to win. We have inspiration. However, most of my team players are still young. So, for them it is good to gain good experience in this tournament.”


Iran’s Paykan team manager Haniah Hashemi

“I feel good with my team. Everyone in my team has inspiration to make a good start for our first game. We are a good team and try to play a wonderful game. I hope we will play a good game on the first day of the tournament and we will try to maintain our good games on the other days.”


China’s Liaoning Donghua Volleyball Club team head coach Yoshida Toshiaki

“Before coming here for the Asian Women’s Club Championship, we took part in the Chinese Volleyball League. We did not fare well in that competition, but it was a good preparation for our team here. However, I do hope that we will play better than what we did in our domestic tournament. We will do our best here, that’s what I can say right now.” 


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