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Ninh Binh, Vietnam, July 4, 2017 – Japan’s Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza put it past hosts Vietnam Sports Club in straight sets 25-19, 25-20, 25-21 to move into the semi-finals of the SMM 2017 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Ninh Binh Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Powered by Croat opposite spiker Igor Omrcen, Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza, which clinched bronze medal last year, proved their superiority over the host side, coming up with spectacular attacks and powerful jump serves to put pressure on the host side. The Japanese’ determined attempts bore fruits impressively when they won the first two sets 25-19, 25-20.

Vietnam Sports Club improved their tactics and cut down some unforced errors to take an early 8-5 lead in the third set, much to the stronger opponents’ surprise. However, their lead did not last long as powerful serves and aggressive attacks from Igor caused a big threat to the home team. They could not overcome the visitors’ onslaughts and Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza just went on to win the set 25-21, match and a semi-final berth.
Igor Omrcen scored a team-high 22 points for Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza, while Takuya Takamatsu contributed 11 points. Nguyen Hoang led the home team with only 7 points.

“Hosts Vietnam Sports Club have something that no other team in this tournament has. They take an home crowd advantage. Therefore, it definitely wasn’t easy for us today. But I am very happy that we finally won the match,” Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza’s Finnish head coach Tommi Tillikainen commented after the match.

In the semi-finals, Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza will next face Altay VC, the team which have yet to lose to their respective rivals in this tournament.

“Tomorrow is a new day and a big game. I don’t think it is going to be an easy match for us in the tournament like this. But we will enjoy the match. We will have to be fresh mentally and physically. I am really so excited about tomorrow’s match. We will try our best to win the match,” he added.


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