NAKHONRATCHASIMA TASTE FIRST WIN AFTER 3-0 ROUT OF YANCHAI
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, July 30, 2018 – Nakhonratchasima The Mall VC from Thailand got their campaign at the 2018 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium Hall B off to a brilliant start after demolishing Hong Kong’s Yanchai in a lop-sided battle 25-15 25-12 25-18 on Monday.
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.
Nakhonratchasima The Mall VC from Thailand fielded a strong lineup led by ace spikers Jirayu Raksakaew and Wanchai Tabwises and strengthen by two Brazilians, Paulo Santos Pelinha and Pablo Fernando De Souza Cirqueira, while Lam Chun Kit led smaller-built Hong Kong’s Yanchai.
Hard-hitting Jiraya excelled in attacks and Pablo’s splendid mid-court spikes gave the Thai side an easy-looking set in the opener which they took command initially to lead 21-15. Powerful Wanchai was also on fire, attacking mightily to help Nakhonratchasima seize the first set without much trouble 25-15.
Going down one set, Yanchai tried to regain their form. They made a good start to lead 6-4 in the second set, but the Thai team counter-attacked well, with Saranchit Charoensuk and Kittinon Namkhunthod blocking everything at the net. Powerful jump serves and aggressive attacks from Jirayu and Wanchai handed Nakhonratchasima the unchallenged 25-12 win for a 2-0 lead.
As the Thai side were cruising towards a routine victory in the third set, Yanchai regrouped to seek a better fortune in this match. At 16-16, Nakhonratchasima were working as a well-oiled machine. Jirayu, Pablo and Wanchai combined superbly to help the team fashion a 23-16 lead and did not look back from then on to win the third set 25-18 and match.
“My players did a good job in this match, but they still need improvement in some tactics. I think my players are likely to leave Yanchai behind in terms of skills and experience. However, in some moments when our rivals came with their unusual form my players could not get familiar with such as their fast spikes, we would drop from our best because age is taking its toll in some players in my team and they could not play their best in such situations. However, that’s not a big deal. I’m still upbeat that my team remain in top form and their chances of beating teams from Australia and Sri Lanka in the remaining two matches in our pool are still high. I think we are now playing as a team, but to set a target in this championship, we have to see it one match at a time,” Nakhonratchasima head coach Somboon Sukontapong commented.
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