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Ninh Binh, Vietnam, July 3, 2017 – The SMM 2017 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship has reached the quarter-finals phase and a great climax is surely in store on Tuesday, with teams fighting for everything and going all-out to secure their places in the semi-finals.

Kazakhstan’s Altay VC and reigning champions Sarmayeh Bank from Iran respectively captured the top spot in Pool E and Pool F, advancing to the quarter-finals with remarkable unbeaten records.

In the Tuesday’s knock-out quarter-finals, Altay will take on Beijing Baic Motor, with Sarmayeh Bank facing Al-Bahri, Al Arabi going up against Taichung Commercial Bank and Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza playing Vietnam Sports Club.

The four winning teams will book semi-final berths, with the losers being relegated to the 5th-8th classification.

At the Ninh Binh Gymnasium on Monday, the last day of the playoff encounters at the round of the last eight teams, Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza from Japan suffered their first loss at this top-flight competition at the hands of title-holders Sarmayeh Bank.

The Japanese team fielded most substitutions to gain experience and exposure and, as expected, they went down in straight sets 14-25 22-25 22-25 to the much stronger Sarmayeh Bank from Iran.

“The Japanese team rested some key players in this match. I don’t know if that was their strategy or for any reason. In each match, we have some improvement and good coordination. I hope we can advance to the final round,” Samaryeh Bank’s head coach Mostafa Karkhaneh said after the match.

Al Arabi Sports Club from Qatar also regained their top form to power past Al-Bahri Sport Club of Iraq in straight sets 25-22, 25-15, 25-19.

The last match at this competition site saw former winners Taichung Commercial Bank from Chinese Taipei produce a hard-fought 3-1(26-28 26-24 25-21 27-25) victory over Beijing Baic Motor from China.

Meanwhile, at the Nam Dinh Gymnasium, Sri Lanka Ports Authority tasted their first win in this championship after overcoming a strong challenge from Yan Chai to beat the Hong Kong side in hard-fought four-setter 25-20 25-17 25-27 25-19 in their last playoff 9th-13th match in Pool G.

Surath Jantha scored a match-high 22 points for Sri Lanka Ports Authority. Wasanthapriya Lasindu and Diana Yaka Rumesh contributed 20 and 16 points respectively. Lee Man Sing led Yan Chai with 14 points.

The other match between Altay VC from Kazakhstan and Vietnam Sports Club was a playoff 1st-8th match which saw the former continue their unbeaten run to beat the latter in dramatic four-setter 25-21 25-22 22-25 25-21.

The Asian Men’s Club Championship runs through Thursday, with the eventual winners securing their berth at the next year’s FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship as Asia’s representatives.

Monday’s results
At Ninh Binh Gymnasium
1st-8th: Sarmayeh Bank (Iran) b Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza (Japan) 3-0 (25-14 25-22 25-22)
1st-8th: Al Arabi Sports Club (Qatar) b Al-Bahri Sport Club (Iraq) 3-0 (25-22 25-15 25-19)
1st-8th: Taichung Commercial Bank (Chinese Taipei) b Beijing Baic Motor (China) 3-1 (26-28 26-24 25-21 27-25)

At Nam Dinh Gymnasium
9th-13th: Sri Lanka Ports Authority (Sri Lanka) b Yan Chai (Hong Kong) 3-1 (25-20 25-17 25-27 25-19)
1st-8th: Altay VC (Kazakhstan) b Vietnam Sports Club (Vietnam) 3-1 (25-21 25-22 22-25 25-21)

Team rankings after playoffs
Pool E: 1. Altay VC (Kazakhstan) 9 points; 2. Al Arabi Sports Club (Qatar) 6 points; 3. Vietnam Sports Club (Vietnam) 3 points; 4. Al-Bahri Sport Club (Iraq) 0 point
Pool F: 1. Sarmayeh Bank (Iran) 9 points; 2. Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza (Japan) 6 points; 3. Taichung Commercial Bank (Chinese Taipei) 3 points; 4. Beijing Baic Motor (China) 0 point

Pool G: 1. Canberra Heat (Australia) 4 points; 2. Sri Lanka Ports Authority (Sri Lanka) 3 points; 3. Yan Chai (Hong Kong) 2 points
Pool H: 1. Air Force VC (Thailand) 3 points; 2. Maldivian Sports & Recreation Club (Maldives) 0 point

Match schedule
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
At Ninh Binh Gymnasium
12.30pm: Sarmayeh Bank (Iran) v Al-Bahri Sport Club (Iraq)
3pm: Altay VC (Kazakhstan) v Beijing Baic Motor (China)
5.30pm: Al Arabi Sports Club (Qatar) v Taichung Commercial Bank (Chinese Taipei)
8pm: Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza (Japan) v Vietnam Sports Club (Vietnam)

At Nam Dinh Gymnasium
9th-12th playoff
5.30pm: Canberra Heat (Australia) v Maldivian Sports & Recreation Club (Maldives)
8pm: Air Force VC (Thailand) v Sri Lanka Ports Authority


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