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Teams anticipate tough competition in Asian Women’s Club Championship

The coaches of the eight competing teams anticipate tough competition at the 2017 Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championship
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, May 24, 2017 – Coaches of participating teams shared their outlook ahead of competition for the SMM 2017 Asian Women’s Club Samruk Kazyna Volleyball Championship at the Shiny River Hotel on Wednesday.  

Hosts Altay VC of Kazakhstan are eyed as one of the favourites with reinforcements Bojana Radulovic and Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist Jovana Brakocevic of Serbia, and Yunieska Robles Batista of Cuba. The home team is one of only two squads that enlisted foreign talent in the competition.

“This is a city that loves volleyball, and we believe that the venue will be full of spectators,” said Altay VC coach Yaroslav Antonov, welcoming the participants to his team’s home city.

Genevieve Mann of the United States and Fatou Diouck of Senegal are the other foreign reinforcements that will lead Supreme VC of Thailand. However, coach Nataphon Srisamutnak felt that their long journey to Ust-Kamenogorsk was a challenge.

“We only arrived today and we need to rest,” coach Nataphon said. “Tomorrow’s match may be difficult for us but we will do our best. Surely, the condition of our players will improve day by day.”

Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs of Japan, which are fresh off their stint at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship in Kobe, will be missing some of their top players in Ust-Kamenogorsk.

“Our team may not be complete as some players have gone train with the national team,” Hisamitsu coach Shingo Sakai said. “We will try to do our best.

“We gained good experience during the competition in Kobe and we would like to have better results in this competition. We would like to play in the Club World Championship again.”

Tianjin Bohai Bank of China will likewise rely on an experienced squad. 

“We have experienced players in the team and we want to use this to our advantage,” Bohai Bank coach Bao Quan Wang said.

Meanwhile, Rebisco-PSL Manila of the Philippines will look to gain good exposure for an all-Filipino roster.  

“This will be a competition for us to play on a higher level. We are also preparing for the Southeast Asian Games and we would like use this experience,” Rebisco-PSL Manila coach Francis Vicente said.

Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei likewise want to achieve a similar goal in the competition.

“We are very happy to be here and we are going to gain a great experience in the upcoming matches,” Taiwan Power coach Cheng-Shan Yao said.

Sarmayeh Bank of Iran and Vietin Bank of Vietnam expressed gratitude and warm wishes to all the participants.

“Thank you to the organisers and the Volleyball Federation of Kazakhstan,” Sarmayeh Bank coach Shabanian Mitra said. “My team finds that everything is okay and we are very thankful for this.”

“We wish all the teams the best of luck in the competition,” Vietin Bank coach Le Van Dung added. 

The preliminary round will start on May 25, Thursday, at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace, with Hisamitsu Springs taking on Rebisco-PSL at 10:30 local time. Supreme VC will play Sarmayeh Bank at 13:00, followed by the match between Tianjin Bohai Bank and Vietin Bank at 15:30. 

Altay VC will face Taiwan Power at 19:00, as the last match for the opening day of Asia’s premiere showcase of women’s club volleyball.

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