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Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, August 6, 2018 – Terrific Kazuki Ochiai guided fired-up Toray Arrows to the fifth place at the 2018 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship after pulling off a dramatic 3-1 (25-21 22-25 25-21 25-18) victory over Nakhonratchasima The Mall VC at the Wanna Theikdi Indoor Stadium Hall B on Monday.

Kazuki Ochiai emerged as the top scorer and the lone player of Japan’s Toray Arrows who made a double-digit scoring of 24 points from 20 attacks, 2 solid blocks and 2 aces, while Nantawut Taengkrathok led Nakhonratchasima with 12 points, assisted by Kittinon Namkhunthod with 10 points.

In the first set, energetic Toray Arrows peeled off successive points highlighted by the high-flying Takahiro Tozaki and Hidetomo Hoshino, whose superb net played troubled the Thai sides, to take an early 9-7 lead.  Powerful hits from Jirayu Raksakaew and Wanchai Tabwises helped make Nakhonratchasima hot on the formidable rivals’ heels after the Thais reduced the margin to a 2-point clear at 18-20. However, soon after that, Toray Arrows roared back mightily with great attacks and scintillating blocks to win the set 25-21.

Nakhonratchasima replaced two Brazilians, Pablo Fernando De Souza cirqueira and Paulo Junio Paulino Santos, with Chakkit Chadahuadong and Nantawut Taengkrathok in the second set, hoping to turn the table on the tough rivals. Their determined intention bore fruits as the Thai side gradually pulled their game together and successfully caught Toray Arrows at 5-5. From then on, Nakhonratchasima carried out terrific jump serves through Jirayu and Chakkit mixed by effective blocks by Saranchit Charoensuk and Wanchai Tabwises to capture the commanding lead with a 6-point advantage at 20-14. The Japanese tried to claw their way back, but Nakhonratchasima remained firm in their defence for the hard-fought 25-22 win.

Toray Arrows made a strong comeback in the third set. Yuji Suzuki and Kazuki Ochiai showed tremendous courage and defensive resilience to win some crucial points in a tense battle. Taking a narrow 15-14 lead, the Japanese were working as a well-oiled machine as despite a strong challenge from the Thai counterparts, Toray Arrows remained uncatchable to win the set 25-21 and a 2-1 advantage.

The Japanese side still gained the upper hand in the fourth set, which they took a commanding lead with a 7-point clear at 14-7 and never looked back from then on. As Nakhonratchasima became more prone with unforced serving and attacking mistakes, Toray Arrows stormed on their thunderous attacks and well-placed serves to capture the set 25-18, match and the fifth place.

“Nakhonratchasima are a strong, well-organised team and that’s why they played good volleyball, making us very difficult in this match. Actually, we aimed for the Asian title this time, but we had no Japan national players and foreign players in my team and I myself could not bring them to success. Fortunately, we had two experienced players who helped us take the fifth place here. Kentaro Takahashi and Yamato Fushimi joined the national team for this year’s VNL, but none in my team will play in this month’s Asian Games in Indonesia,” said Toray Arrows head coach Atsushi Kobayashi, adding that he was not happy with the team’s results in the championship because at the previous edition, Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza from Japan returned with the second place.

As Toray Arrows finished 5th place in this championship, Nakhonratchasima returned with the 6th position, much better than what compatriots Air Force had done at the last year’s championship in Vietnam, where they finished a disappointing 9th position.


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