Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, May 31, 2017 – Vietnam’s Vietin Bank won over the Phiippines Rebisco-PSL in straight sets (25-13, 25-18, 25-15) to finish at seventh place in the SMM 2017 Asian Women’s Club Samruk Kazyna Volleyball Championship at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace on Wednesday.
Pham Thi Kim Hue showed her leadership on court and scored 16 points, to top all scorers on the board.
“I am happy that we were able to finish the competition with this win. If we played like we did today against Chinese Taipei yesterday, then we would have finished with a higher ranking,” Pham Thi Kim Hue said.
“I really enjoyed this competition and this city, and I hope the Vietnam team can have another chance to play on this country,” she added.
In the first set, Pham Thi Kim Hue and Le Thanh Thuy established a strong middle game for Vietin Bank. While Alyja Santiago and captain Rachel Anne Daquis picked up some points for the Philippines, the Vietnamese side showed a more cohesive offensive plan, enabling Dinh Thi Thuy at the wing. With Vietin Bank enjoying the 16-8 advantage at the second technical time-out, Rebisco-PSL had to deal with errors in reception and attack. The Vietnamese took the first set at 25-13.
In the next set, Jovelyn Gonzaga supported Rebisco-PSL’s offense and scored from the right side. Abigail Maraño and setter Kim Fajardo likewise scored off blocks, to help bring a 11-7 advantage to their favour. The Vietnamese side fought back with attacks from their middles, to bring the set to 12-12.
Three straight aces from Doan Thi Xuan brought Vietin Bank up front, 18-15. Captain Nguyen Thi Xuan brought in her attacks to help the Vietnamese side win 25-18 in the second set.
Pham Thi Kim Hue and Doan Thi Xuan continued playing well for Vietin Bank. Hoang Minh Tam also provided more support in scoring from the flanks. While Daquis and Maraño kept their fighting form and spirits alive, the Vietnamese side showed better composure and maximised their momentum to win 25-15 in the final set.
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