Bangkok, Thailand, September 18, 2019 – With only one day remaining before the curtain comes down on the inaugural 2019 Taichung Bank Women’s International Volleyball Invitation in Taiwan, Chinese Taipei on Thursday, Japan’s Denso Airybees are doubling down on their efforts to reign supreme.

The invitational tournament has attracted a total of five teams to vie for the top honour in a single round-ronin competition.

The participating teams comprise Denso Airybees from Japan, fifth place at the V.League Division 1 (V1) 2018-2019, Petro Gazz Angels, the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Season 3 champions from the Philippines, Top Speed, third place in Taiwan League 2018-2019, CMFC, second place in Taiwan League 2018-2019, and Thailand U23 team, fourth place at Asian Women’s U23 Championship in Vietnam in July, joined by some senior Thailand national team players including Wipawee Srithong, Tapaphaipun Chaisri, Jarasporn Bundasak, Supattra Pairoj and Thanacha Sooksod.

The tournament started on September 14 and will come to a close on Thursday, September 19.

After four days, Denso Airybees remained unbeaten without dropping a single set to their respective rivals, while Petro Gazz Angles became the only team yet winning a match.

On September 14, the very first day of the competition, hosts Top Speed (Chinese Taipei 1) got off to a great start with a convincing straight-set 25-17 25-14 25-20 win against Petro Gazz Angles, while Thailand powered past CMFC (Chinese Taipei 2) in dramatic four-setter 25-19 25-22 22-25 25-16.

Denso Airybees made it two in a row after brushing off CMFC in straight sets 25-23 25-13 25-12 on September 15 and Thailand recovered from the first-set loss to beat Top Speed 3-1 (22-25 25-20 25-22 25-15).

On September 16, CMFC produced a terrific comeback 3-2 (24-26 17-25 25-21 25-14 17-15) win against Petro Gazz Angles in an exhausting 124-minute battle, while Denso Airybees won three straight wins after a 3-0 (25-15 25-14 25-12) demolition of Thailand.

The Japanese team proved the strongest team to be reckoned with in the tournament after thrashing Petro Gazz Angles in a lop-sided battle 25-9 25-14 25-14 on September 17, while CMFC beat Top Speed in hard-fought straight sets 25-23 25-18 25-21 in an all-Chinese Taipei affair.

Unbeaten Denso Airybees maintained their top spot in the single round-robin pool with 9 points from three straight wins, while Thailand had 6 points from two wins against one loss to come in second place. CMFC are trailing in third place overall with 5 points from 2 wins against 2 losses. Top Speed are trailing in fourth position with 3 points from one win against two losses, with Petro Gazz Angles in fifth place overall with 1 point from three losses in a row.

Wednesday is a rest day. The last day of the tournament consumes on Thursday, with Thailand testing their mettle against Petro Gazz Angles and Top Speed going up against Denso Airybees. The awards presentation and the closing ceremony will take place shortly after completion of the match between Top Speed and Denso Airybeens.

The Taichung Bank International Women’s Invitation Volleyball Tournament 2019 has made its debut this year, with the organisers and Chinese Taipei Volleyball Association in particular setting their sights on promotion and popularity of volleyball in Chinese Taipei to be increasing in leaps and bounds in the near future.

In addition, the September 14-19 tournament also serves as a stage of international volleyball Chinese Taipei can gain experience and composure ahead of their participation in the AVC Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament in Thailand from January 7 to 12, 2020.

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