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Invincible Evergrande enjoys three straight wins at the Asian Women’s Club Championship

Guangdong Evergrande' Carolina Del Pier attacks Bo Tong Gang at the wing

Dac Lac, Vietnam, May 1, 2013 -- China’s Guangdong Evergrande and Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan have continued their winning streak, finishing top in their respective pools after Wednesday‘s matches at the 14th Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship.

In Pool A, Zhetyssu defeated rivals Idea Khonkaen of Thailand 3-0 (25-20 25-18 25-22) to place first with eight points and a perfect record, which includes a 3-2 win over Vietnam’s Lienviet Postbank and a 3-2 victory over Chinese Taipei.

Evergrande topped Pool B with nine points from three wins without losing a single set. Bo Tong Gang of DPR Korea was second with six points from one win and two defeats, followed by PFU Blue Cats of Japan at three points and winless Giti Pasand from Iran.

Pool A

Zhetyssu (Kazakhstan) defeat Idea Khonkaen (Thailand):  3-0 (25-20 25-18 25-22)

Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan defeated Idea Khonkaen of Thailand in straight sets in their last Pool A round-robin preliminaries.

After their first two set loss 20-25, 18-25, Tapaphaipun Chaisri and Pornthip Santrong of Idea Khonkaen worked well together to stop the Kazakh defence with their exceptional attacks. Howevere, Zhetyssu made the most of their height advantage to attack and block effectively to win the hotly-contested third set 25-22 and the match.

Pornthip Santrong was the top scorer for Idea Khonkaen with 16 points, while Irina Shenberger topscored for Zhetyssu with 14 points.

After the match, Idea Khonkaen’s head coach Banjong Sombat commented, “I think my team played well despite the fact that we lost this crucial match. The weakest point of my team is our first-ball reception. It’s still far from impressive. Losing 3-4 points from the unforced receiving mistakes in each set can cause the match loss.

Lienviet Postbank (Vietnam) defeat Taipei (Chinese Taipei): 3-2 (25-15, 21-25, 24-26, 27-25, 15-13)

Hosts Vietnam registered a big win on Wednesday when Lienviet Postbank team beat Taipei.
The Vietnamese side made a superb start with the first-set win 25-15 helped by  Do Thi Minh’s cross-court spikes.

Taipei overcame their problems with unforced spiking and serving mistakes to counteract the oppositions’ attacks and took the next two sets 25-21, 26-24.

In the fourth set the hosts mixed the offensive mobility of Do Thi Minh’s aggressive spikes and solid blockings by Pham Thi Thu Trang and Nguyen Linh Chi to take them to a 25-25 tie. The players from the Vietnamese side scored two more points to win the set 27-25.

In the tie-breaker, Lienviet Postbank remained in form to lead all the way until they advanced 14-12, needing only one extra point to win the match. Chen Wan-Ting carried out a sharp spike to save a match point for Taipei before Lee Tzu-Ying completely ended her team’s challenge when she spiked the ball out wide. Hosts Vietnam captured the decider 15-13 and the match.

Chen Wan-Ting led Taipei with 24 points while Do Thi Minh scored a match-high of 20 points for Lienviet Postbank.

Pool B

Evergrande (China) defeat Bo Tong Gang (DPR Korea):  3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-18)

After beating Iran’s Giti Pasand in straight sets in their opener and closest rivals PFU Blue Cats with the same margin the following day, the Evergrande outclassed Bo Tong Gang in three straight sets.

Guangdong Evergrande remained strong in their starting line-up, which included Polish player Katarzyna Ewa Skowronska Dolata, Italian Carolina Del Pilar and two Chinese national playersXu Yunli and libero Zhang Xian. Hitter Jong Jin Sim and Min Ok Ju spearheaded the Korean side.

The Evergrande players used their height advantage to attack aggressively and block well at the net. Zhou Yuan and Skowronska took turns penetrating the Korean defense with their explosive spikes to help Evergrande take the first two sets 25-16 and 25-20.

Bo Tong Gang gave everything they had in the third set, hoping to make amends for the unforced mistakes they played in the previous two sets, but the Chinese proved too strong to beat. Evergrande took the set 25-18 and the match.

Zhou Yuan top scored for Guangdong Evergrande with 17 points, while Jong Jin Sim led Bo Tong Gang with 15 points.

PFU Blue Cats (Japan) defeat Giti Pasand (Iran):  3-0 (25-19 25-12 25-8)

PFU Blue Cats were no match for Giti Pasand of Iran as team played with variety and demonstrated a high level of tactical and technical prowess. As a result the Japanese took the first set 25-19.

Strengthened by Mao Kawakami’s powerful spikes and Eri Iyonaga’s and Megumi Funasaki’s well-placed serves, the Japanese won the second set 25-12 and then the third 25-8 to wrap up the match comfortably.

Eri Iyonaga scored the highest with 17 points and 12 kills for PFU Blue Cats, while Maedeh Borhani collected 12 points for Giti Pasand.

The 14th Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship continues through to Sunday. The winning teams will advance to the semifinals, with the losers will play for the 5th to 8th places in the classification round.


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