Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, May 26, 2017 – Thailand’s Supreme VC charted their second win in Group A of the SMM 2017 Asian Women’s Club Samruk Kazyna Volleyball Championship on Friday. It was no easy feat as the match went to the tie-break (25-21, 25-19, 17-25, 21-25, 15-9) against hosts Altay VC.
Supreme VC’s Chatchu-on Moksri topped all scorers with 24 points and was fearless of the home crowd at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace. “I was excited to play in front of a huge crowd outside Thailand. I did not mind the fact that I was only able to train with this team for maybe two days, and yet I am happy with the way we play,” said Chatchu-on.
In the opening set, Altay VC’s Yunieska Robles established her powerful attacks to start on an 8-5 lead at the first technical time-out.
Supreme VC displayed their patience in defence, in passing the ball, and setting up Chatchu-on Moksri on attack. They ran combination plays to widen their offensive options and took the 16-11 lead at the second technical time-out. The Kazakh side tried to catch up but could not check the attacks of hitter Chatchu-on. Soraya Phomla unleashed an ace to seal 25-21 win for Supreme VC.
The Kazakh club ran an improved offence in the second set but they needed to play better defence, as this was clearly the advantage of their opponents. Supreme VC knew well to anticipate the attacks and pass the ball. Setter Soraya set up captain Wilavan Apinyapong and Fatou Diouck at the wing.
Altay VC were faced with a 17-22 disadvantage and tried to remedy their predicament by bringing in second setter Korinna Ishimtseva. However, the momentum swung to the Thai club’s favour to give them 25-19 victory in the second set.
The home crowd roared to Altay VC’s 8-3 lead at the third set. Ishimtseva enabled and Sana Anarkulova to operate from the wing. Captain Inna Matveyeva snapped a speedy attack at right flank for Kazakhstan’s 16-9 lead at the second technical time-out.
Supreme VC looked overwhelmed by the twist of fortune, and started committing errors. While the Thai side were able to save some set points, the Kazakh club raced to the end of the third set, to win 25-17.
Ishimtseva transformed into a scorer as she converted with trick shots to help boost Altav VC to 7-4 in the fourth set. Supreme VC quickly came to their senses with Pleumjit Thinkaow connecting on a block. The set, now tied at 7-7, progressed into both teams trading points.
A block by Kristina Anikonova and an ace by Matveyeva brought Altay VC back in front with 16-13 at the second technical time-out. Supreme VC managed to inch ahead but committed errors in attack, which led to Altay VC’s 25-21 win in the fourth set.
The Thai side showed their steady play in the fifth set, with attacks from Pleumjit and Diouck. Altay VC put up a gallant effort but the lead was just too much to handle. Supreme VC finished the final set at 15-9.
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