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Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, May 25, 2017 – China’s Tianjin Bohai Bank breezed through a straight-set victory (25-15, 25-21, 25-16) against Vietnam’s Vietin Bank in Group B of the SMM 2017 Asian Women’s Club Samruk Kazyna Volleyball Championship at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace on Thursday.

Wang Ning, Zhang Xiaoting, Li Ying and Chen Liyi contributed double-digit markers for Tianjin Bohai, as exemplified by setter Yao Di’s superb orchestration.

The Chinese side clutched an 8-4 lead at the first technical time-out given the excellent distribution of their offence from setter Di Yao. Captain Chen Liyi proved to be a force in the front line with her attacks and blocks.

Vietnam’s Vietin Bank had to deal with the heavy spikes that distracted their rhythm and orchestration. In instances where they could pass the ball, their attacks get deflected by the taller Chinese squad. Tianjin Bohai Bank took the first set, 25-15

Doan Thi Xuan connected with her attacks and helped Vietin Bank take a 7-4 lead in the second set. The Vietnamese side were prone to errors but also made good decisions that sustained rallies, to lead 16-15 at the second technical time-out.

Tianjin Bohai kept to their fiery offence with Yu Junwei hitting from the right flank. Wang Ning likewise connected with kill blocks. Zhang Xiaoting slid to the right for a kill, to bring the Chinese squad to 25-21 at the end of the second set.

In the third set, the Chinese side started to utilise strong service, making their opponents mishandle the ball. Tianjin Bohai went to the first technical time-out with an 8-4 lead.

Pham Thi Kim Hue and Hoang Mint Tam tried to spark the offensive energy for the Vietnamese side but China’s blockers almost always got in the way. Vietin Bank coach Le Van Dung pooled in his players from the bench to remedy the predicament, but the lead was just too difficult to overcome.

China finished off with 25-16 in the third set to seal the match.


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