AUNG THU’S 36 LIFT ASIA WORLD CLUB’S 3-1 WIN AGAINST BINAGAR AT ASIAN MEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, July 30, 2018 – Ace spiker Aung Thu tore the Binagar’s defence apart with his exceptional attacks as hosts Asia World Club pulled off an impressive 3-1 (25-16 25-23 21-25 25-21) victory over the Turkmenistan side in the curtain-raisers of the 2018 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium Hall B on Monday.
Ahead of the curtain-raising match, Minister of Health and Sports Dr Myint Htway presided over the opening ceremony, which was conducted in simple way. The Minister delivered an opening speech and Mr Htun Myint Naing, President of the Myanmar Volleyball Federation welcomed all participating teams. After that, the duo, joined by Dr Mya Lay Sein, Vice Minister of Health and Sports, and Control Committee Chairman Mr Shanrit Wongrprasert, himself AVC Secretary-General, presented souvenirs to team captains.
In the opening encounter, star spiker Aung Thu’s terrific jump serves and exceptional attacks filled a momentum swing helped Asia World Club gain a stranglehold over Binagar in the first set. Holding a commanding 17-11 lead, the host side, backed by rapturous home crowds, unleashed on several powerful blows from Aung Thu and Zaw Htet Aung to give Asia World Club the comfortable 25-16 win.
Both teams were seemingly going through the motion in the second set. Binagar hustled and dived around the court, going for everything. Their intention was fruitful as they jumped to an initial 8-4 lead. Still, their good show was short-lived as the Asia World Cup found their rhythm and roared back aggressively. Their resilience was showcased though spectacular blocking from Thwin Htoo Zin and Khwe Char Maung punctuated by Aung Thu’s powerful attacks. Asia World Club caught the visitors at 16-16 and from then on, both sides played a tough game with an aim of winning the hard-fought set. The host team impressively resisted the Binagar’s best efforts of a comeback. After a narrow 24-23 lead, Asia World Cup snatched the set 25-23 following the visitors’ erratic player rotation.
The third set turned into a tense battle as the score was levelled at 10-10 before Binagar stretched it to 16-14 and 21-17, thanks to their impregnable walls and fast attacks by Begenc Halmuhammedov. They went on their superb play to take the set 25-21.
Their confidence went sky-high after a set win and Binagar continued a good show to lead 8-6 in the fourth set. Nonetheless, scoring machine Aung Thu was on the board immediately and followed up more powerful spikes later to ominously stamp his authority. The host side met Binagar 14-14 and advanced 23-20, giving the visitors only one more point to capture the set 25-21 and match.
Aung Thu scored a match-high 36 points including 28 kills from 49 attempts, while Nuryyev Dovletgeldi contributed 15 points for Binagar.
“This is our first match and I think my team were anxious to win it because we played in front of a lot of home fans and the MVF Board members. However, I felt relieve following my team’s win. We lost the third set because of the referee’s wrong decisions. That dampened my players’ enthusiasm. Actually, we had trained hard for five months in preparation for this championship. My players are all from the Myanmar national team and our target is to finish either 4th or 5th place. We next take on Pakistan. I have yet seen them play, but they are much taller than us. I hope my players will do their best,” commented Asia World Club coach Kyaw Swar Win.
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