Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, May 27, 2017 – Thailand’s Supreme VC secured their third win to top Group A of the Preliminary Round at the SMM 2017 Asian Women’s Club Samruk Kazyna Volleyball Championship. The Thai club beat Chinese Taipei’s Taiwan Power 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19) at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace on Saturday.
Supreme VC’s Pleumjit Thinkaow topped all scorers on the board with 17 points from 15 attacks and two block kills, but found it difficult to play against the Chinese Taipei squad.
“It was a hard match because they played good defence and always went after the ball no matter what,” Pleumjit said.
“I am new to this team and I have to improve coordination and communication with our setter. This will be important in the next matches,” Pleumjit added.
It was a close contest in the first set, where both teams displayed their offensive prowess. Kuo Ching-Yi and Lee Tzu-Ying operated from the wing for Taiwan Power. Genevieve Mann and Pleumjit Thinkaow worked the middle for Supreme VC.
The Thai club established a 16-13 lead at the second technical time-out. Chinese Taipei kept abreast and equalised at 18-18 with Lee Tzu-Ying’s backrow attack. Taiwan Power maintained good defence and kept Supreme VC’s strong middle in check to help reach 25-22 in the opening set.
Supreme VC sped off to an 13-5 lead in the second set with Fatou Diouck firing from the flank. Taiwan Power improved in passing the ball to set up Chang Li-Yun and Lee Tzu-Ying. But the Chinese Taipei side had to deal with Supreme VC’s Chatchu-on Moksri’s attacks. Diouck sent off an attack from the right wing to close the second set at 25-17 for Supreme VC.
By the third set, teams picked up speed in running their offence. Supreme VC ran more combination plays, and Taiwan Power knew how to adjust in transition. In long rallies, the Thai side made better decisions with Pleumjit’s tip-ins to outsmart the competition. After Supreme VC took charge with 16-9 at the second technical time-out, the Thai club showed how they have nearly mastered the offensive patterns of their opponents and took 25-17 to win the third set.
The Chinese Taipei club needed to vindicate themselves, and they did so by getting their tempo up to speed. Tseng Wan-Ling and Wen I-Tzu Wen connected with quick attacks. Supreme VC retaliated with setter Soraya Phomla running her offence with much variety, but always found the middle as the most successful option. The Thai side won the fourth set, 25-19.
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