Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, May 30, 2017 –Chinese Taipei’s Taiwan Power pulled off a straight-set 25-19, 25-19, 25-17 win against Vietnam’s Vietin Bank at the 5th-8th playoff match at the SMM 2017 Asian Women’s Club Samruk Kazyna Volleyball Championship at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace on Tuesday.
Huang Ching-Hsuan came off the bench and scored a total of 15 points, the highest across the board.
“We are happy to win this match today. We played with a little less pressure and just tried to enjoy the game,” Huang Ching-Hsuan said.
In the first set, Taiwan Power’s Tzu-Ying Lee showed how she could be reliable in both offence and defence. She scored off attacks from the wing, she could block, and she could post good floor defence if needed. For Vietin Bank, Doan Thi Xuan and captain Nguyen Thi Xuan stood out as the main scorers.
While the Vietnamese side showed a strong potential, they suffered from miscues in attack. Meanwhile, the Chinese Taipei side limited their errors and played better defence to win the opening set 25-19.
Vietin Bank played more cohesively in the second set, utilising Le Thanh Thuy and Pham Thi Kim Hue in the middle. For Taiwan Power, Huang Ching-Hsuan was becoming equally effective, with her off-speed attacks from the left side. The Vietnamese side lagged behind but were able to save some set points. Huang Ching-Hsuan continued to work from the left and to help seal the second set at 25-19 in favour of the Chinese Taipei side.
By the third set, Taiwan Power unleashed strong serves that threw off the opponents’ reception. Kuo Ching-Yi and captain Chang Li-Yun were likewise scoring off their attacks. They ran combination plays and connected all the same. Vietin Bank tried to keep up with this pace, and benefitted from their opponent’s attack miscues. Momentum was clearly on the Chinese Taipei side and rushed to a 25-17 win in the final set.
Taiwan Power will play Iran’s Sarmayeh Bank for fifth place on Wednesday, May 31, at 12:00 local time. Vietin Bank will face the Philippines’ Rebisco-PSL for 7th place, in an earlier match at 09:30.
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