The annual championship is being held from April 17 to 25 and serves as a qualifying tournament to decide the Asian club representative to compete in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, which will take place from May 7 and 11 in Zurich, Switzerland. Asia is the last continent after Europe and South America to complete their championship, with a wild card appointment completing the qualification process of six teams. Hosts Volero Zurich have automatically qualified and are joined by South American champions Sesi-SP, European winners Dinamo Kazan and wild card recipient Molico Osasco.
Tianjin prove too strong for PLDT
Tianjin, which toppled Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan on the opening day, continued their successes in their match against PLDT, 3-0 (25-15 25-16 25-17).
The Chinese took the excellent offensive combination from the solid blockings by Zhang Xiaoting and Chen Xintong and spectacular spikes by Chen Liyi to clinch the second and the third sets. Gifted Chen Liyi claimed 12 points for Tianjin, while Bell Mackenzie Regla topscored for PLDT with 10 points.
Taipei brush off KSEB of India
Taipei, which fielded most of their national spikers, defeated India’s KSEB 3-0 (25-12 25-16 25-16).
Chen Wan Ting emerged as the top scorer of Taipei after collecting 20 points including 15 attack hits and five ace serves. Ela Kadiyil Fathima scored a match-high seven points for KSEB.
“When you face a tough situation, you have to try and try to solve the problem,” said Taipei’s head coach Italian Ramazzo Federico. “Some of my players came up with better form, but at the same time they have to learn solving situations. Today, I gave them an opportunity to try and beat more teams. This is my real target in this match.
“We next will fight with Tianjin and Zhetyssu. We are in the same group. They are teams which play really good. I told my players to give it 100 per cent to the match. Nevertheless, to beat them is very difficult because they are professional players who play everyday and every week for much more results. They get used to this. We next have to give our best effort in our match against PLDT from the Philippines. They are also strong.”
Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan trounce Singapore’s VAS
Zhetyssu started strongly with their formidable line-up to defeat Singapore’s VAS in straight sets, 3-0 (25-14 25-14 25-9).
Irina Shenberger scored 13 points for Zhetyssu including 11 ace spikes, while Quek Soo Teng became the top scorer of VAS after collecting five points.
Hisamitsu Springs prove their class against Thong Tin Lienvietpostbank
Chasing dreams of winning the Asian Club title for the second time in history, Hisamitsu Springs came out in full force in their opening match in the Nakhon Pathom meet against Thong Tin Lienvietpostbank, 3-0 (25-8 25-14 25-16).
Hisamitsu Springs, which captured the 2002 Asian Club title, fielded many Japan national team players in this match including deadly left-hander Miyu Nagaoka, Risa Shinnabe, Nana Iwasaka, Yuki Ishii and Mizuho Ishida.
Mizuho Ishida was the top scorer for Hisamitsu Springs with 12 points, including 11 devastating spikes, while Do Thi Minh collected nine points for Thong Tin Lienvietpostbank.
“This is our first match in the championship,” said Hisamitsu Springs’ head coach Kumi Nakada. “I think my players did our best against the Vietnamese. Our target in the championship is to win the title. If we happen to take on Bohai Bank Tianjin of China in the final showdown, I admit that it must be a tough clash. However, I believe we can beat them to take home the title. There are many Japan national team players to strengthen our side.”
On Saturday, Singapore’s VAS face China’s Bohai Bank Tianjin, while The Philippines’ PLDT take on Taipei. Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan will battle India’s KSEB, and Japan’s Hisamitsu Springs play Iran’s Matin Varamin.
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