JIANGSU, SUPREME AND ALTAY STORM INTO SEMI-FINALS OF ASIAN WOMEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 14, 2018 – Saturday’s classification matches saw straight-set wins by China’s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel, Thailand’s Supreme and hosts Altay to gain good advantage into the next round of the SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship.
Following their exceptional wins on Saturday, Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel, Supreme and Altay all advanced to the Tuesday’s semi-finals, while CMFC will go up against unbeaten NEC Red Rockets from Japan in the other quarter-final match on Monday to decide the remaining semi-final berth the following day.
China’s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel defeated Indonesia’s Garuda (25-21, 25-22, 25-20). Captain Xu Ruoya bested all scorers on the board with 19 points (16 attacks, two service winners, one block).
Thailand’s Supreme likewise won 3-0 against Iran’s Paykan (25-14, 25-12, 25-16). Coach Nataphon Srisamutnak stuck to his starters throughout the match. Ajcharaporn Kongyot (17 points), Taylor Sandbothe (13 points) and captain Wilavan Apinyapong (10 points) all charted double-digit performances.
Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei’s CMFC utilized every player on the bench to win against Sri Lanka’s Lanka Lions (25-12, 25-12, 25-11). The Chinese Taipei club led on all fronts and delivered 38 attacks, seven blocks and eight service aces in the match.
Kazakhstan’s Altay defeated Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long An, 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-15), by installing a commanding presence at the net. The host team converted a total of 21 points from blocks. Natalia Sharshakova was the top scorer of the match with 14 points from 5 attacks and nine deflections.
The competition continues on Monday, July 16, at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace. VTV Binh Dien Long An (VIE) will face Lanka Lions (SRI) at 13:30 local to determine the ninth-ranked team. Later, Paykan (IRI) will play Garuda (INA) at 16:00 local. The winners between NEC Red Rockets (JPN) and CMFC (TPE) at 19:00 local time will enter the semi-finals.
Supreme (THA), Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel (CHN), and Altay (KAZ), as winners of Saturday’s classification matches, complete the final four teams to contend the title. On Tuesday, title-holders Supreme will take Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel rematch in the semi-finals, while hosts Altay will play the winners between NEC Red Rockets and CMFC in the other semi-final clash.
The proclaimed winners will participate as the AVC entry in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship.
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