HOSTS JOIN LONG POWER, ARDAKAN, NAKHONRATCHASIMA AND LANKA LIONS FOR FIRST WINS AT ASIAN MEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, July 30, 2018 – The 2018 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship got off to winning starts for Asian World Club, Long Power, Nakhonratchasima, Khatam Ardakan and Lanka Lions, as Sichuan suffered a letdown in their opening match.
Ahead of the curtain-raising match between Asian World Club and Binagar in Pool D, 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.
Ace spiker Aung Thu tore the Binagar’s defence apart with his exceptional attacks as hosts Asia World Club delighted drum-beating, flag-waving home fans with their impressive 3-1 (25-16 25-23 21-25 25-21) victory over Turkmenistan’s Binagar
Aung Thu was on fire scoring a match-high 36 points including 28 kills from 49 attempts for Asia World Club, while Nuryyev Dovletgeldi contributed 15 points for Binagar.
In-form Long Power from Chinese Taipei caused a major sensation when they pulled off a stunning 3-2 (25-18 22-25 21-25 25-14 15-13) victory over China’s Sichuan in their first Pool B encounter.
Huang Shih-Hao contributed 19 points for Long Power including 17 attacks from 34 attempts, while Li Rui scored a team-high 25 points for Sichuan including 21 kills from 41 attempts. Wang Zhao Rui added 11 points including 6 stuff blocks.
“It’s because both teams are playing their first match, they tried their best to win it. It’s possible that in our pool, we might play them again. We trained only two months before coming here for the championship. We will try our best in every match and if possible, we try to finish among top four. There is only one national team player in my team. He is Huang Shih-Hao,” commented Long Power head coach Chuang Shih-Hsien.
In Pool C, Nakhonratchasima The Mall VC from Thailand got their campaign at the top-flight competition off to a brilliant start following a 3-0 (25-15 25-12 25-18) demolition of Hong Kong’s Yanchai.
Jirayu Raksakaew chipped in with 17 points for Nakhonratchasima The Mall VC, while Pablo Fernando De Souza Cirqueira added 14 points. Lee Man Sing led Yanchai with 10 points.
At Hall C, Iran’s Khatam Ardakan recovered from the first set down 20-25 to beat Kazakhstan’s Atyrau in the remaining three sets 25-20 25-20 25-22. Shahram Mahmoudi, who performed brilliantly with Sarmayeh Bank to capture the Most Valuable Player Award for two times in succession in 2016 here in Nay Pyi Taw and 2017 in Vietnam, remained a major force to be reckoned with as he chipped in 21 points. Oleh Shevchenko led Atyrau with 14 points.
Lanka Lions from Sri Lanka made their mark on the opening day after thrashing Canberra Heat of Australia in straight sets 25-20 25-21 25-9.
The pool round-robin preliminaries continue on Tuesday at Hall B, with Khatam Ardakan challenging Toray Arrows of Japan, Nakhonratchasima playing Canberra Heat and Asia World Cup challenging WAPDA from Pakistan, while Yanchai go up against Lanka Lions and Long Power take on Vietnam’s Sanest Khanh Hoa.
Khatam Ardakan (Iran) b Atyrau (Kazakhstan) 3-1 (20-25 25-20 25-20 25-22)
Long Power (Chinese Taipei) b Sichuan (China) 3-2 (25-18 22-25 21-25 25-14 15-13)
Nakhonratchasima The Mall VC (Thailand) b Yanchai (Hong Kong) 3-0 (25-15 25-12 25-18)
Lanka Lions (Sri Lanka) b Canberra Heat (Australia) 3-0 (25-20 25-21 25-9)
Asia World Club (Myanmar) b Binagar (Turkmenistan) 3-1 (25-16 25-23 21-25 25-21)
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