Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 17, 2018 – Thailand’s Supreme and Japan’s NEC Red Rockets stood out as victors in Tuesday’s semi-finals at the SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Ust-Kamenogorsk’s Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.
Supreme took the first final slot with 3-0 against China’s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel (25-19, 25-19, 25-15). Ajcharaporn Kongyot gave a fantastic performance as the top scorer in the field. She charted a total of 22 points from 19 attacks, two blocks, and a service winner.
In the second semi-final encounter, NEC Red Rockets served a straight-sets win on Kazakhstan’s Altay (25-20, 25-17, 28-26). The Japan club’s game plan of power serving and quick plays posed problems for the host team. They unleashed a total of 10 service winners, and targeted their opponents’ flawed reception.
Earlier, Indonesia’s Garuda handed a 3-1 match against Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long An (25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 25-20). The Indonesian club capitalized on their main hitters, captain Amalia Nabila and Aprilia Manganang, who scored 17 points each. They lagged behind in blocks and serves, but gave difficulty to their opponents, making them commit errors in crucial breaks.
Iran’s Paykan likewise took a 3-1 win against Chinese Taipei’s CMFC (26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13). Mahsa Kadkhoda led all scorers in the field with 23 points (18 attacks, 3 service aces, 2 blocks). The Iran club imposed tight defense at the net, converting 10 points off blocks, and played aggressively from the service line, gaining a total of seven aces.
The competition comes to a conclusion on Wednesday, July 18. CMFC (TPE) face VTN Binh Dien Long An (VIE) at 10:00 local for the 7th place – 8th place final. Paykan (IRI) will play Garuda (INA) for the 5th place final at 12:30 local. The bronze medal match at 15:00 local will feature Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel (CHN) and Altay (KAZ).
The winner of the 18:00 (local time) championship match between Supreme (THA) and NEC Red Rockets (JPN) will determine the AVC entry to the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship.