Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, May 27, 2017 – Japan’s Hisamitsu Springs settled into the top of Group B after beating Vietnam’s Vietin Bank in straight sets 25-17, 25-11, 25-19 at the SMM 2017 Asian Women’s Club Samruk Kazyna Volleyball Championship on Saturday.
Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs’ coach Shingo Sakai shared his comments after the match at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace. “We tried to use our different players in order to give them exposure, but more importantly, we are trying to build the best team so we can go to the finals,” Sakai said.
The Japanese club sped into a 16-6 lead at the opening set, as they utilised Yuka Taura’s attack from the left flank. They also scored from the service line and from their opponents’ errors. Captain Risa Ishibashi defended the net well with her blocks. With a 21-10 lead, coach Shingo Sakai called upon his bench players. Vietnam went on to stage a rally, as Doan Thi Xuan and Dinh Thi Thuy scored, but they could not sustain their firepower to surmount the huge gap. Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs won the first set at 25-17.
In the next set, the Japanese side continued to dominate in offence, where Yuka Imamura and Akane Ukishima fired from wings. They capitalised on their quick brand of offence, that found their opponents grappling for the right rhythm. Vietin Bank tried to play against this speed but they needed to double their effort. Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs capped off the second set with a service ace, to win 25-11.
In the third set, the Japanese club continued to install a strong frontline with Fumika Moriya’s attacks. They also maintained lightning-swift serves to impose difficulty on their opponents’ floor defence.
The teams entertained the crowd with long rallies that displayed determination and fighting spirit, but the ending would mostly see the Japanese side awarded with the point.
Vietin Bank put up a gallant stance to come within four points (19-23), but the Japanese side took much momentum to win 25-19 in the final set.
Taura scored 14 points while Ukishima contributed 13 points.
Japan’s Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs will face Chinese Taipei’s Taiwan Power in the quarter-final match on Monday, May 29, at 11:30 local time.
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