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Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 10, 2018 – Coaches and captains of the nine participating club teams shared their outlook ahead of the competition in Tuesday’s Press Conference of the SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship.

Cai Bin, coach of China’s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel, said “This year, we have brought in a good team. We would like to do our best and win as much games as we can.”

Zu Ruoya, captain of China’s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel, said “We are very happy to come here Kazakhstan. It is our first time for our players to join this tournament.”

Muhammad Ansori, coach of Indonesia’s Garuda, said “The Garuda team may not be a very strong team, but we have such big, tall players. We will try to come up with a good performance here. I hope we can gain experience, maybe not achieve the top place, but we hope to take fourth or fifth place.”

Amalia Fajrina Nabila, captain of Indonesia’s Garuda, said “It is also our first time here in Kazakhstan. I hope we will be able to learn, play well and do our best.”

Kaneko Takayuki, coach of Japan’s NEC Red Rockets, said “We have a very young team, but we have good skills in receiving and we have a good attitude to never give up. We will do what we can do to give our best.”

Mizuki Yanagita, captain of Japan’s NEC Red Rockets, said “It is the first time for us to be here and we are very excited to participate. We will try to do our best, but it is also important for us to give the Kazakhstan public a good time in watching good volleyball matches.”

Mitra Shabanian, coach of Iran’s Paykan, said “I hope we can play well in this competition. My team are ready as we have good players and we hope to get good results.”

Maedeh Borhani Esfahani, captain of Iran’s Paykan, said “I am so happy to be back here again in Kazakhstan. We are here to try our best as a team.”

Iurii Panchenko, coach of Kazakhstan’s Altay, said “We are glad to see everyone here in Ust-Kamenogorsk. This championship should be very interesting and we hope to play well against every team.”

Sana Anarkulova, captain of Kazakhstan’s Altay, said “We want our supporters to be happy, and this means, we have to show a strong game. I am confident that my team are ready for this competition.”

Sumith Jayalal, coach of  Sri Lanka’s Lanka Lions, said “My team may not be a very strong team, but we hope to give good attitude in the game. This tournament will surely help my players. I hope all teams give a good performance. “

Chathurika Ranasingha, captain of Sri Lanka’s Lanka Lions, said “We are visiting and playing in Kazakhstan for the first time. We want to gain experience, and we try to bring our best into this tournament.”

Nataphon Srisamutnak, coach of Thailand’s Supreme, said “My team Supreme for this year, I would say, are not 100 per cent ready. I think we are only at 80 per cent. But we will try to do our best to defend the championship.”

Tsai Shu-Han, coach of Chinese Taipei’s CMFC, said “We are happy to represent Chinese Taipei to participate in this competition.”

Wu Wei-Hua, captain of Chinese Taipei’s CMFC, said “I am really happy to be able to participate here. We have a young team but I hope we can learn many things in this competition.”

Nguyen Quoc Vu, coach of Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long An, said “It is the first time for this club to come to Kazakhstan. We have brought good players here and we will try to give exciting matches to serve volleyball fans here in Kazakhstan. For our team, it is a good chance to build our experience.”

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, captain of Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long An, said “This is my second time to come to Kazakhstan. I would like to thank the organizers in preparing for this tournament in this nice city. Our team will try to do the best for the success of the championship.”

Pool play starts on Wednesday, July 11, at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace. VTV Binh Dien Long An (VIE) face Lanka Lions (SRI) in the opening match at 12:30 local time, followed by Supreme (THA) against Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel (CHN) at 15:00. Hosts Altay (KAZ) will play Paykan (IRI) in the 18:30 match. The winners of the competition earn the right to compete as the AVC entry in the 2019 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship.


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