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Kazakhstan, Thailand, Japan, China clinch opening day's wins at Asian Women’s Club Championship

Altay VC of Kazakhstan had 24 blocks to beat Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei in the 2017 Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championship
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, May 25, 2017 – Home team Altay VC played in front of a sellout crowd at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace with a gripping 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 15-11) win over Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei at the SMM 2017 Asian Women’s Club Samruk Kazyna Volleyball Championship on Thursday.

In the Group A encounter, Taiwan power showed how they could match up against the tall line-up of Altay VC. The Chinese Taipei side defended well and carefully executed their plays, mostly favouring precise shots over powerful attacks.

Altay VC later found their offensive rhythm through their net defence, as they amassed a total of 24 points off blocks. Kristina Anikonova led the charge for Altay VC with 19 points, with Sana Anarkulova adding 17 markers.

Earlier in Group A, Thailand’s Supreme VC survived the tough challenge of Sarmayeh Bank of Iran to win 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23). The Thai side dealt with their rivals’ aggressive attacks and remarkable presence at the net through Fatou Diouck’s blocks. It was the Thai side’s careful orchestration of offence and limited errors that eventually brought them to victory. Chatuchu-on Moksri and Genevieve Mann led Supreme VC with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Japan’s Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs settled into a straight-set (25-17, 25-10, 25-14) victory against the Philippines’ Rebisco-PSL Manila in Group B. It was the Japanese side’s patented style of speedy offence that spelled the difference in the match. 

Erika Sakae did a commendable job in enlisting her hitters in a nearly lightning swift manner that caught the Philippines’ defenders uprepared. The Japanese side also provided firepower from the service line, scoring off five aces in the match.

In the other Group A encounter, China’s Tianjin Bohai Bank bested Vietnam’s Vietin Bank 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-16). The Chinese side showed a powerful all-around game, picking up their points from the attacks of Zhang Xiaoting and captain Chen Liyi, and also from the blocks of Wang Ning. The Chinese frontline delivered a total of 13 points off blocks, which demonstrated how they capitalised on their height advantage over Vietin Bank.

The preliminary round continues on Friday, May 26, with the Rebisco-PSL Manila playing against Vietin Bank at 11:30 local time. Taiwan Power play Sarmayeh Bank at 14:00; Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs go against Tianjin Bohai Bank at 16:30. The final match for day two will feature Altay VC against Supreme VC at 19:00.

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