Binan, Philippines, September 10, 2016 – Ba’Yi Shenzheng of China and NEC Red Rockets of Japan will battle it out in the Sunday’s showdown at the Alonte Sports Arena for the “SMM” 2016 Asian Women’s Club Championship title and a berth for the 2017 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.
Ba’Yi Shenzheng marched to the final after their defeat of Altay VC of Kazakhstan 3-1 (25-20, 12-25, 25-12, 25-23), while NEC Red Rockets denied Bangkok Glass of Thailand to defend their title after a tough 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 15-7) win.
Ba’Yi Shenzheng’s Liu Yan Han scored 24 points and got her usual scoring support from Wang Yun Lu, who delivered 17 markers, while Altay VC’s Olga Biryukova and Sana Anarkulova recorded 22 and 17 points, respectively.
In the other semi-final match-up, NEC Red Rockets showed their defensive strength, as they bounced back from a 1-2 deficit to play the tie-breaker. Mizuki Yanagita had 23 points, then Akari Oumi added 17 markers for the victory.
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa tallied 22 points, while Wilavan Apinyapong and Pleumjit Thinkaow had 13 and 12 points respectively.
In the classification for 5th to 8th spots, Vietnam’s Thong Tin Lien Viet Post Bank made short work of T.Grand of Chinese Taipei in straight sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-14).
Thongtin Lien Viet Post Bank, which overpowered the young players of T.Grand, were led by Vietnamese captain Do Thi Minh, who tallied 17 points. The Vietnamese club played with only nine errors against the Taiwanese side, which only had one player – captain Chi Ya-Hui – scoring in double-figures.
Thongtin Lien Viet Post Bank will face Sarmayeh Bank of Iran, after they defeated hosts Foton Pilipinas in a four-set (25-18, 25-21, 12-25, 25-22) encounter.
Farnoosh Sheikhi steered Sarmayeh Bank with 17 points, while Lindsay Stalzer top scored for Foton Pilipinas. The hosts were down in the first two sets but got some boost from Ennaije Laure, who came off the bench and scored 12 markers. Sarmayeh Bank controlled the tempo towards the end to deny the host team to force a tie-breaker.
Meanwhile, 4.25 Sports Club of DPR Korea bagged the 9th spot after they trounced Jakarta Elektrik of Indonesia 3-1 (21-25, 25-13, 25-9, 25-21).
The DPR Korea side showed teamwork, as Jong Jin Sim led her team with 19 points, while her team-mates helped out offense. The Indonesian club only relied on their main hitter and captain Aprilia Manganang, who ruptured the scoring charts with a tournament-high 37 points.