Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 14, 2013 – In-form Taichung Bank, Paykan, Pavlodar, Al Arabi and BAIC Motor registered their second consecutive win in the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship being held simultaneously at University of Taipei Hall and Taipei Gym, with the host side pulling off a scintillating straight-set win over Japan’s Panasonic on Friday.
Taichung Bank, fresh from beating Turkmenistan’s Migrasiya 3-1 in their Thursday’s opener, fielded a strong line-up which included Liu Hong-Jie, his twin brother Liu Hung-Min, Chen Chien-Chen and Wang Ming-Chun to power past Panasonic in their Pool A encounter 25-19 25-20 25-20. The host team’s aggressive attacks were led by Chen Chien-Chen, who penetrated the Japanese defence with his exceptional cross-court spikes. Huang Chun-Ching and Liu Hung-Min also combined well for solid blockings.
Watanabe Sogo and Ikeda Masayuki were the spearheads of Panasonic, scoring 10 points apiece for the team. However, Taichung Bank, whose all players competed for Chinese Taipei team in the recent Asian Senior Men’s Championship in Iran and returned with the sixth place, fared better in attacking and blocking which allowed the hosts the convincing straight-set win over the Japanese side.
Liu Hung-Min led Taichung Bank with 11 points including nine kills from 17 attempts, while Ikeda Masayuki tallied 13 points for Panasonic.
At the press conference, Taichung Bank’s coach Chen Ke-Chou said the team’s performance was better than the day before and that he studied the Japanese defence in video before the game.
“It has been long time since Chinese Taipei organize a men’s tournament in Taipei. We have players just recovering from injury and the team has some young players who are very excited because the tournament is being held on our home soil. However, we still made some service mistakes because of the lack of experience of the young players. I think the Iranian team and Qatar have the biggest chance to win this tournament because of the presence of foreign professional players but we will do our best,” said Taichung Bank’s coach Chen Ke-Chou
The Japanese coach Shinji Kawamura commented that the game plan disappointed him, adding that Panasonic badly need to develop their defence and attack.
The other Pool A match on Friday saw Turkmenistan’s Migrasiya make amends for their first loss to hosts Taichung Bank to breeze past Afghanistan’s NDS in straight sets 25-18 25-17 25-16 to next challenge Japan’s Panasolic.
In Pool B, seven-time champions Paykan, whose seven key players joined the second-placed Iran at the recent Asian meet at home, continued their invincibility to outclass Korea Armed Forces in hard-fought three-set thriller 25-17 25-22 25-20.
Powerhouses Paykan controlled the game well. Aside from devastating attacks from Fayazi Damnabi Purya, Mostafavand Saeed and Nasr Esfahani Alireza, the Iranian squad also performed superbly in their blocking and serving, which saw the rivals unable to match their might.
Jeong Yeongho scored a match-high 19 points for Korea Armed Forces including 18 kills from 24 attempts. He also scored a single point in blocking for the team. Fayazi Damnabi Purya scored 14 points for Paykan, half of them through deadly attacking.
Meanwhile, the Philippines’ Cignal tasted their first win in this top-flight competition, struggling hard to beat Kuwait’s Qadsia Sporting Club in tough three sets 25-22 25-17 26-24. With the loss, the Kuwaiti side sank to 0-2 and a daunting task awaits them in the Saturday’s match as they will go up against formidable Korea Armed Forces.
In Pool D, Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar VC joined Paykan to be the only two teams yet losing a set to their respective rivals after two days of the annual continental competition. Pavlodar on Friday sent Oman’s Sohar packing 25-20 25-13 25-19 to next battle it out with unbeaten BAIC Motor on Saturday to vie for the top spot of the pool. The Chinese team, which finished third in the previous edition in Pasay, the Philippines last year, were given a threat by Vietnam’s Trang An Ninh Binh to win dramatic four sets 25-18 25-13 25-27 25-16.
Al Arabi Sport Club from Qatar, which captured the Asian Men’s Club title in 2012, proved a cut above Victorian Volleyball Academy to brush aside the Australians in easy straight sets 25-20 25-18 25-9. The Qatari side will Saturday go up against Thailand’s Nakhonratchasima, which found Iraq’s South Gas Club an impossible nut to crack on Friday to go down in hard-fought five-set thriller 23-25 25-15 25-16 15-25 11-15.
AT UNIVERSITY OF TAIPEI HALL
Migrasiya (Turkmenistan) b NDS (Afghanistan) 3-0 (25-18 25-17 25-16)
Taichung Bank Club (Chinese Taipei) b Panasonic (Japan) 3-0 (25-19 25-20 25-20)
Cignal (Philippines) b Qadsia Sporting Club (Kuwait) 3-0 (25-22 25-17 26-24)
Paykan (Iran) b Korea Armed Forces (Korea) 3-0 (25-17 25-22 25-20)
AT TAIPEI GYM
Al Arabi Sport Club (Qatar) b Victorian Volleyball Academy (Australia) 3-0 (25-20 25-18 25-9)
South Gas Club (Iraq) b Nakhonratchasima (Thailand) 3-2 (25-23 15-25 16-25 25-15 15-11)
Pavlodar VC (Kazakhstan) b Sohar (Oman) 3-0 (25-20 25-13 25-19)
BAIC Motor (China) b Trang An Ninh Binh (Vietnam) 3-1 (25-18 25-13 25-27 25-16)
MATCH SCHEDULE (All local times)
Saturday, August 15, 2015
At UNIVERSITY OF TAIPEI HALL
1pm: Cignal (Philippines) v Paykan (Iran)
3pm: Korea Armed Forces (Korea) v Qadsia Sporting Club (Kuwait)
5pm: Migrasiya (Turkmenistan) v Panasonic (Japan)
7pm: Taichung Bank Club (Chinese Taipei) v NDS (Afghanistan)
At TAIPEI GYM
1pm: Sohar (Oman) v Trang An Ninh Binh (Vietnam)
3pm: BAIC Motor (China) v Povlodar VC (Kazakhstan)
5pm: Nakhonratchasima (Thailand) v Al Arabi Sport Club (Qatar)
7pm: South Gas Club (Iraq) v Victorian Volleyball Academy (Australia)