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Thonginlienviet continue winning ways in Asia club champs

Hundreds of home fans turned out to see their side Thonginlienviet claim victory over Japan's Kensyokai Red Hearts on Monday

Vinh Phuc, Vietnam, June 20 2011- Vietnam’s Thonginlienviet saw off Japan’s Kenyyokai Red hearts in straight sets while Iran’s Perspolisse, China’s Tianjin Bridgeston and Thailand’s Chang also chalked up victories in their respective pools as the 2011 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship continued on Monday in Vinh Phuc Vietnam.

The sides are competing for a spot at the 2011 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, set to take place in Doha, Qatar later this year.

Pool A
Vietnam’s Thongtinlienviet Bank of picked up an easy straight-set win over Japan’s Kensyokai Red Hearts (25-22, 25-12, 25-18) in the opening match at Vinh Phuc Gym. The Vietnamese club relied on the leadership of captain Hue Pham Kim, who scored a total of 14 points, mostly off her solid blocks.  The Japanese failed to connect with their combination plays, and suffered dearly from service and reception errors. Pham Kim obtained scoring support from Minh Do Thi, Yen Pham Thi and Trang Pham Thi Thu, giving the Vietnamese the momentum towards the end. Thongtinlienviet Bank now leads Pool A with its second win in the tournament.

Perspolisse of Iran likewise breezed towards victory as it demolished the Shakeys club team from the Philippines, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-9). Captain Fatemeh Rashidi K. played an excellent all-around game for the Iranian club as she helped in both attack,  block and service aces.  Three other players - Zahra Vahedi L., Farnoosh Sheikhi, Maedeh Borhani -  contributed 11 points. Perspolisse had a field day in scoring off Shakeys’ reception errors and misfires, To make matters worse, the Philippines’ captain Cherry Rose Macatangay limped towards the sidelines as she sustained an injury during the final set of the match.  

Pool B
China’s Tianjin Bridgestone avenged its opening day loss with a straight-sets victory over Garuda of Indonesia (25-13, 25-11, 25-13). The Chinese got off to a slow start as they suffered from poor reception. Garuda took the cue from this to seek an early lead, but the Chinese then found their offensive momentum, courtesy of  Liu Ya’s nine points. The Indonesians tried to field in more attacks but the Chinese easily read their plays. Zhang Xiaoting combined her efforts with Sun Mingjian, to deflect their opponents’ attempts.  Tianjin Bridgestone closed the match with total of nine points scored through crucial blocks.

Defending champions Chang charted their second win in the closing match by beating Zhetyssu of Kazakhstan, in four sets (25-23, 16-25, 25-17, 25-18). The Thai Chang club set their plays well, but dropped the second set as the Kazak blockers proved to be all too much.  Thai coach R.Kiattipong   utilised his bench players to good advantage, as Onuma Sittirak sparked the team’s offence by the third set. Nootsara Tomkom excellently set her plays to almost everyone in the team as the Thais steered clear of a belated rally from the Kazaks in fourth and final set. Chang is set take on Tianjin Bridgestone on Tuesday to further contest top spot in Pool B.

Day 02
Summary of Match Results

Thongtinlienviet Bank (VIE) b Kensyokai Red Hearts (JPN) 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-18)
Tianjin Bridgestone (CHN) b Garuda (INA) 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-13)
Perspolisse (IRI) b Shakeys (PHI) 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-9)
Chang (THA) b Zhetyssu (KAZ) 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 25-17, 25-18)

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