Ninh Binh, Vietnam, July 3, 2017 – Former Asian Club winners Taichung Commercial Bank recovered from a set down to cruise past Beijing Baic Motor in a hard-fought four-set thriller 26-28, 26-24, 25-21, 27-25 in their last playoff Pool F match at the round of the last eight teams in the SMM 2017 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Ninh Binh Gymnasium on Monday
Lui Hong Jie scored a match-high 20 points from 16 deadly spikes and 4 kill blocks, while Wu Tsung Hsuan contributed 11 points for the winning side. Sun Yubo led the Chinese team with 18 points, while Yin Jie and Shan Qingtao added 15 and 14 points respectively.
“Today my team showed our best performance to win the match. The Chinese team seemed to run out of energy. Their physical strength was not good enough to compete for a long time. In the first set, they played very well, but I am very happy that my team fought back hard in the next three sets,” Taichung Commercial Bank‘s head coachYu Ching Fang said after the match.
Despite the Monday’s win, an uphill task awaits Taichung Commercial Bank, the 2015 champions on their home soil which had already lost to Samaryeh Bank and Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza, when the Chinese Taipei side will next play Al-Arabi Sports Club, the second place in Pool E and silver medallists at the last year’s edition in Myanmar, in the knock-out quarter-finals.
“We will play Al-Arabi SC in the quarter-finals tomorrow. Certainly, it is going to be a very tough match for us. They are a strong team with many good players. Their physical strength is much better than us. We will have the team meeting on Monday night to study their games and make our game plan against them. We will try to challenge them with our speed. I hope we will cause them some problems,” he added.
“We prepared seriously about two months before this tournament and we stay focused on the service reception and our attacks.We would like to finish this tournament with a better position than last year when we returned with the sixth place,” he concluded.
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