Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, May 30, 2017 – Thailand’s Supreme VC charted a 3-1 win (25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 25-23) against China’s Tianjin Bohai Bank during the semi-finals of the SMM 2017 Asian Women’s Club Samruk Kazyna Volleyball Championship at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace on Tuesday.
Middle attacker Thinkaow Pleumjit scored 18 points, and got ample support from Genevieve Mann who contributed 12 points.
“The Chinese middle attackers were really good. We prepared for them in practice and I was happy that we were able to execute our game plan offensively and defensively for both our middle attackers,” Mann said.
Supreme VC set up their quick plays and used their middle attackers with much efficiency in the first set. Pleumjit and Mann sparked the Thai club’s speedy offence, to help take a 13-6 advantage in the first set.
Tianjin Bohai needed to keep up with this and enabled Ning Wang and Xiaoting Zhang to man the middle. The Chinese side likewise needed to set more plays to captain Liyi Chen, who was nearly
unstoppable at the wing. Tianjin Bohai rallied to tie at 17-17, but Supreme VC showed how they could provide good coverage with their backline defence. Mann was set up for a quick play to earn the first set, 25-22, in favour of Supreme VC.
In the second set, the Chinese club retaliated, taking the 13-7 lead by running a tighter offence. They also capitalized on their blockers to pick up points from deflections.
The Thai club needed to catch up and anchored plays on Chatchu-on Moksri at the left side, to help equalise at 19-19. Teams exchanged points, until a crucial ace by Pleumjit gave the momentum to Supreme VC to win the second set, 25-23.
In the third set, Tianjin Bohai tried to impose a stronger presence at the net, as this could be their slight advantage. For Supreme VC, they needed to play quick enough to make their opponents lag in defence. Both teams performed as needed and appeared to be a close contest.
Tianjin Bohai enjoyed a slight advantage with 16-15 in the second technical time-out. Junwei Yu took to scoring from the right side, and scored an ace to push for a 23-19 lead. Supreme VC scored to save two set points at 24-24, but Tianjin Bohai connected with a block to win the third set, 26-24.
In the fourth set, the Chinese club set off to a strong start, with Liyi Chen, Junwei Yu and Ying Li continuing to take charge. Supreme VC committed errors in attack and lagged four points 12-16 behind their opponents at the second technical time-out. Ajcharaporn Kongyot was called upon and scored back-to-back points to seize the 17-16 lead for the Thai side.
Supreme VC came to match point but Tianjin Bohai’s Liyi Chen connected with a swift attack. Fatou Diouck delivered the final blow to bring Supreme VC to 25-23 in the final set.
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