Tianjin, China, May 4, 2019 – Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club clinched the 9th place to finish their journey at the 2019 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship after a straight-set (25-13, 25-22, 26-24) win over lacklustre Binagar of Turkmenistan in the 9th-10th playoff at the Wuqing Sports Centre on Saturday.
Captain Prasadani Jayamahahitihamilage Dines tallied a match-high 16 points for Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club, followed by Sandamali A.L.A.Anuththara with 13, while Leyli Tezhiniyazova led Binagar with 15 points.
The first set saw Sri Lanka Air Force constrain the opponents with their barrage of attacks. Following 2 successive tricky dips by Thushari Jayalath Wettum Pullige, they soon finished the lop-sided set 25-13.
In the second set, Leyli Tezhiniyazova scored a set-high 9 points from aces and mighty attacks, leading Binagar to a comeback from 11-19 behind to narrow the margin at 21-23. However, her service error sent Sri Lanka Air Force to the set point and they had to go down 22-25 to the Sri Lankas, courtesy of another smart dip by Prasadani Jayamahahitihamilage Dines.
Accumulating confidence from the second set, Binagar managed to reverse the deficit of 3-8 behind at the first technical timeout to 8-8 tie and match up with the opponents till 23-23. Guzal Matkerimova even helped Binagar to the set point with a terrific spike. However, Sri Lanka Air Force denied the fourth set as they scored 3 points in a row to wrap up the set 26-24 and match.
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