Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 17, 2015 – Hosts Taichung Bank Club overpowered Al Arabi Sport Club in a hard-fought five-set thriller to become the only team yet losing a match to their respective rivals and still keep high hopes to win their maiden victory on home soil alive in the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship on Monday.
In-form Taichung Bank, which fielded all team players competing in the Chinese Taipei national squad which returned from Iran with a well-earned sixth place overall in the recent Asian Senior Men’s Championship, struggled to beat the 2012 champions from Qatar 25-18 22-25 22-25 25-20 15-11 to make a clean sweep in Pool E quarter-finals.
Liu Hung-Min emerged as the top scorer of Taichung Bank Club with 18 points, all of them through devastating attack hits, while Wang Ming-Chun assisted with 13 kills. Camejo Durruthy scored a match-high 27 points for Al Arabi including 23 kills from 55 determined attempts.
In the other Pool E clash, Iraq’s South Gas Club were given a strong challenge from Migrasiya before narrowly edging the Turkmenistan’s side in gruelling five sets 25-21 21-25 25-27 25-19 15-13.
Cala Gerardo led South Gas Club with massive 30 points which included 27 kills from 52 attempts, while Jumayev Meret topscored 20 points for Migrasiya.
South Gas Club’s head coach Alaa Abdulsattar admitted that the match against Turkmenistan’s Migrasiya was a hard-fought duel. “I would like to thank God for the good luck. Before the match, we thought that we were going to win easily; however, we underestimated our opponents. Thank to the quick realization and reaction toward our problems. I’m happy we finally won the match,” he said.
In the Pool F encounters, BAIC Motor from China, which finished third at the previous edition in Pasay, the Philippines last year, lived up to all expectations to brush off Korea Armed Forces in dramatic four sets 25-18 21-25 25-15 26-24. Wang Chen and Shin Yungsuk respectively led BAIC Motor and Korea Armed Forces with the similar 13 points.
Hot favourites and seven-time champions Paykan from Iran, which have already suffered their first loss in this top-flight tournament at the hands of BAIC Motor, ended the remarkable unbeaten run of Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar VC following a magnificent come-from-behind 3-1 (22-25 25-15 25-20 25-11) triumph.
Reza Safaei tallied 22 points for Paykan. The hard-attacking spiker led in all skills comprising 12 points in spiking, seven solid blocks and three ace serves.
Meanwhile, in the 9th-16th classification round for eight lower-ranked teams, NDS tasted their first victory in the annual tournament as the Afghan squad performed impressively to beat Australia’s Victorian Volleyball Academy in hard-earned five sets 25-18 11-25 25-21 19-25 15-12 in Pool G, with Thailand’s Nakhonratchasima outclassing Japan’s Panasonic 25-15 21-25 25-15 25-19.
In Pool H, Kuwait’s Qadsia Sporting Club played more consistently to beat Oman’s Sohar 25-16 25-22 22-25 25-22, while Vietnam’s Trang An Ninh Binh overcame Cignal of the Philippines in four sets 25-21 24-26 25-22 25-20.
After the pool round-robin quarter-finals, hosts Taichung Bank Club topped Pool E with eight points from straight three wins, followed by Al Arabi Sport Club from Qatar with seven points from two wins against one loss. Iraq’s South Gas Club and Turkmenistan’s Migrasiya came in third and fourth places with two and one point respectively.
A fired-up Paykan captured the top spot in Pool F with six points from two wins against one loss. Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar VC and China came in second and third places with the similar six points from two wins against one loss. Lacklustrous Korea Armed Forces became the only team yet winning an opposition in the pool
The pool round-robin competition was also held in the 9th -16th classification which saw Thailand’s Nakhonratchasim top Pool G with nine points from consecutive three wins. Japan’s Panasonic came in second place with six points from two wins against one loss. Afghanistan’s NDS and Australia’s Victorian Volleyball Academy finished third and fourth places with two and one point.
Trang An Ninh Binh emerged as the top spot in Pool H with nine points from straight three victories. Cignal from the Philippines, Qadsia Sporting Club and Oman’s Sohar came in second, third and fourth positions with five, three and one point respectively.
Tuesday is the rest day. The knock-out quarter-finals resume on Wednesday, with the four winning teams advancing to the semi-finals and the losers relegated to contest the 5th-8th playoffs. The 9th-16th playoffs will also be held among the eight lower-ranked sides.
AT UNIVERSITY OF TAIPEI HALL
South Gas Club (Iraq) b Migrasiya (Turkmenistan) 3-2 (25-21 21-25 25-27 25-19 15-13)
Taichung Bank Club (Chinese Taipei) b Al Arabi Sport Club (Qatar) 3-1 (25-18 22-25 22-25 25-20 15-11)
BAIC Motor (China) b Korea Armed Forces (Korea) 3-1 (25-18 21-25 25-15 26-24)
Paykan (Iran) b Pavlodar VC (Kazakhstan) 3-1 (22-25 25-15 25-20 25-11)
AT TAIPEI GYM
9th-16th CLASSIFICATION ROUND
NDS (Afghanistan) b Victorian Volleyball Academy (Australia) 3-2 (25-18 11-25 25-21 19-25 15-12)
Nakhonratchasima (Thailand) b Panasonic (Japan) 3-1 (25-15 21-25 25-15 25-19)
Qadsia Sporting Club (Kuwait) b Sohar (Oman) 3-1 (25-16 25-22 22-25 25-22)
Trang An Ninh Binh (Vietnam) b Cignal (Philippines) 3-1 (25-21 24-26 25-22 25-20)
1. Taichung Bank Club (Chinese Taipei) 8 points
2. Al Arabi Sport Club (Qatar) 7 points
3. South Gas Club (Iraq) 2 points
4. Migrasiya (Turkmenistan) 1 point
1. Paykan (Iran) 6 points
2. Pavlodar VC (Kazakhstan) 6 points
3. BAIC Motor (China) 6 points
4. Korea Armed Forces (Korea) 0 point
9th-16th CLASSIFICATION ROUND
1. Nakhonratchasim (Thailand) 9 points
2. Panasonic (Japan) 6 points
3. NDS (Afghanistan) 2 points
4. Victorian Volleyball Academy (Australia) 1 point
1. Trang An Ninh Binh (Vietnam) 9 points
2. Cignal (Philippines) 5 points
3. Qadsia Sporting Club 3 points
4. Sohar (Oman) 1 point
MATCH SCHEDULE (All local times)
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
At UNIVERSITY OF TAIPEI HALL
1pm: 1E-Taichung Bank Club v 4F-Korea Armed Forces
3pm: 1F-Paykan v 4E-Migrasiya
5pm: 2E-Al Arabi Sport Club v 3F-BAIC Motor
7pm: 2F-Pavlodar VC v 3E-South Gas Club
At TAIPEI GYM
1pm: 3G-NDS v 4H-Sohar
3pm: 3H-Qadsia Sporting Club v 4G-Victorian Volleyball Academy
5pm: 1G-Nakhonratchasima v 2H-Cignal
7pm: 1H-Trang An Ninh Binh v 2G-Panasonic