Bangkok, Thailand, September 20, 2019 – Japan’s Denso Airybees captured the crown with a remarkable unbeaten record at the 2019 Taichung Bank Women’s International Volleyball Invitation at Taipei Gymnasium in Chinese Taipei on Thursday.
The invitational tournament had attracted five teams including Japan’s Denso Airybees, 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, and Thailand, most of team players are U23 squad which finished fourth place at Asian Women’s U23 Championship in Vietnam in July and joined by some senior Thailand national team players including Wipawee Srithong, Tapaphaipun Chaisri and Thanacha Sooksod to vie for the top honour in a single round-robin competition.
Denso Airybees did not drop a single set en route to their final match against hosts Top Speed on Thursday. The Japanese side showed a flawless display offensively and defensively to brush off the host side in straight sets 25-11, 25-17, 25-20.
Rei Kudou scored a match-high 18 points for Denso Airybees including 16 points from 34 attacks, with Minami Nakamoto keeping good company to add 14 points. Chang Jia Lin led Top Speed with 9 points including 8 attacks.
In the other match, Thailand struggled in the first set against Petro Gazz Angles to beat the Philippine side in entertaining three-setter 28-26 25-16 25-19.
Khatthalee Pinsuwan chipped in with 12 points including 11 attacks, while Prado Jovielyn Grace led Petro Gazz Angels with 10 points.
With each team contesting four matches in five days, Japan’s Denso Airybees were crowned champions with 12 points from a clean sweep of four wins without losing a set to their respective rivals. Thailand finished second overall with 9 points from 3 wins against one loss, with CMFC (Chinese Taipei 2) in third position with 5 points from 2 wins against 2 losses.
1 Denso Airybees (Japan)
3 CMFC (Chinese Taipei 2)
4 Top Speed (Chinese Taipei 1)
5 Petro Gazz Angels (the Philippines)
Best Outside Spiker– Ho Lin Shu (Top Speed)
Best Outside Spiker- Yuki Hyodo (Denso Airybees)
Best Opposite Spiker – Thanacha Sooksod (Thailand)
Best Middle Blocker – Lo Mei Cing (CMFC)
Best Middle Blocker – Asuka Nomura (Denso Airybees)
Best Libero – Tapaphaipun Chaisri (Thailand)
Best Setter – Airi Tahara (Denso Airybees)
MVP – Miami Nakamoto (Denso Airybees)
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