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Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 12, 2018 – Indonesia’s Garuda defeated Sri Lanka’s Lanka Lions in straight sets (25-20, 25-16, 25-11) in Group C of the SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.

Thursday’s match saw Aprilia Manganang scoring a total of 16 points, with captain Amalia Nabila adding another 13 points.

Amalia said “Today, we found ourselves still adapting, which is why we had some difficulty in some parts of the match.”

The first set started with both teams trying to find their tempo. Lanka Lions set up Thilini Pereira and Apsara Senevirathna. Garuda relied on Amalia and Aprilia for the attacks. A close battle ensued with Garuda taking a slim 16-15 lead by the second technical time-out. Wilda Sugandi installed more pressure by the net and Amalia continued to fire from the flank. Lanka Lions tried to inch closer but Garuda continued to rely on Amalia and Aprilia, all the way to a 25-20 finish in the opener.

The Indonesian club started the second set by running tighter plays and taking a huge 8-3 advantage at the first TTO. Their offense extended to Novia Andriyanti’s swings from the left flank, combined with well-timed deflections. Garuda’s lead ballooned to 19-9, as Lanka Lions could not post effective reception and passing. The Indonesian side suffered from their own share of errors, with some bench players trying to feel out the pace of the match. But the lead was a long way to go for the Sri Lanka club, without a solid offensive action plan in place. Arsela Purnama connected with a middle attack to give Garuda the second set at 25-16.

By the third set, Garuda enlisted Amalia and Aprilia back on court, to lock in their main options in offense. The Indonesian club showed better control of the match and took in more effective plays, that capitalized on their opponents’ weak spots. Garuda surged to 25-11 in the final set to capture victory.

Garuda will play against Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long An on Friday, July 13, at 12:30 local time.

“I hope by the next match, we have completely adjusted to the right tempo on the court. We must be ready to do better,” said Amalia.


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