Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 18, 2018 – Thailand’s Supreme survived a thrilling tie-break against Japan’s NEC Red Rockets (13-25, 25-21, 25-18, 20-25, 16-14) to win in Wednesday’s championship match at SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Ust-Kamenogorsk’s Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.
Thailand’s Supreme retain their crown (after winning the 2017 edition) with the stellar performances of Chatchu-On Moksri and Ajcharaporn Kongyot. The Thai hitters scored 21 points each, most especially in crucial breaks that helped define the team’s championship quality. With the 2018 title, Thailand’s Supreme qualify as AVC’s entry for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship.
Earlier, China’s Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel bagged bronze with an equally riveting tie-breaker against Kazakhstan’s Altay (25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 15-12). Xinyi Zhou posted a 24-point performance, connecting with 17 attacks, six blocks and a service ace.
Indonesia’s Garuda grabbed fifth place in the competition after beating Iran’s Paykan 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-19). Aprilia Manganang was the best scorer of the match, with 23 points from 19 attacks, three blocks and a service winner.
Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long An secured 7th place in straight sets against Chinese Taipei’s CMFC (25-19, 25-22, 25-16). Captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa bested all scorers with 18 points from 13 attacks, four blocks and a service ace. Tran Thi Thanh Thuy contributed 16 additional markers.
Best Outside Spiker: Ajcharaporn Kongyot of Supreme (THA)
Second Best Outside Spiker: Olga Drobyshevskaya of Altay (KAZ)
Best Middle Blocker: Natalia Sharshakova of Altay (KAZ)
Second Best Middle Blocker: Chenyue Wang of Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel (CHN)
Best Opposite: Nanami Hirose of NEC Red Rockets (JPN)
Best Setter: Wangqianbai Rong of Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel (CHN)
Best Libero: Sayaka Iwasaki of NEC Red Rockets (JPN)
Most Valuable Player: Ajcharaporn Kongyot of Supreme (THA)
1. Supreme (THA)
2. NEC Red Rockets (JPN)
3. Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel (CHN)
4. Altay (KAZ)
5. Garuda (INA)
6. Paykan (IRI)
7. VTV Binh Dien Long An (VIE)
8. CMFC (TPE)
9. Lanka Lions (SRI)