Bangkok Glass secure Asian Club Championship title defence
Bangkok, Thailand, March 13, 2016 – Bangkok Glass cruised to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-15) win over Idea Khonkaen on Saturday, to end their campaign in the Thailand Volleyball League with an unbeaten record and get an opportunity to defend their title in the Asian Women’s Club Championship.
Bangkok Glass coach Kittipong Pornchartyingcheep fielded a strong line-up led by hard-hitting Jutarat Montripila, powerful middle blocker Pleumjit Thinkaow and two Vietnamese imports Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa and Tran Thi Thanh Thuy; while Idea Khonkaen were spearheaded by Thai national players Thatdao Nuekjang and Soraya Phromla.
Bangkok Glass opened the match aggressively to lead 9-6 in the first set, while Idea Khonkaen struggled on their reception. Pornpun Guedpard and Pleumjit mounted solid blocks to foil Idea Khonkaen’s comeback efforts. Bangkok Glass star Jutarat injured her right ankle as the set was about to end, but her team-mates held on to their top form to clinch the first set 25-18.
Idea Khonkaen led 8-6 in the second set but Bangkok Glass snatched the lead back at 22-18. Bangkok Glass once again utilised their blocking strength to close the second set 25-18. Bangkok Glass consistently executed their plays, led by Pleumjit, who unleashed powerful fast spikes and framed solid blocks on their rivals. Bangkok Glass eventually closed set and match 25-15.
Bangkok Glass delivered in their campaign to repeat their title feat in 2015, with scintillating victories in the eight-team, Round-Robin, home-and-away league.
The club team will represent Thailand in the Asian Women’s Club Championship, which is due to be held in the Philippines from September 3 to 11.
Last year, Bangkok Glass made history when they became the first ever Thai club that captured the Asian club crown over Hisamitsu Springs of Japan in a five-set thriller in Ha Nam, Vietnam. As the Asian winners, Bangkok Glass will compete in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, to be held later this year.
The team’s dream of defending their crown in the Thailand League had already turned into reality after they defeated Thai-Denmark Nongrua last February 20, and with two more matches remaining in the league, including the season-ender encounter against Idea Khonkaen last March 12.
Prior to this clash, Bangkok Glass introduced USA import Jordanne Elizabeth Scott, who will reinforce the team in the Thai-Denmark Super League 2016 to be held later this month in Bangkok.