Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 21, 2015 – Fired-up Taichung Bank proved their hegemony over the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship with a remarkable eight-match unbeaten record including a dramatic 3-1 victory over Qatar’s Al Arabi Sport Club in the Friday’s showdown.
The magnificent come-from-behind 21-25 25-21 25-23 25-17 win not only handed hosts Chinese Taipei a maiden victory in this top-flight tournament, but also a berth to contest the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from October 27 to November 1.
It was a historic victory for Chinese Taipei since the tournament’s inception in 1999 in China. Chinese Taipei started sending their team for the first time in the 2004 edition in Tehran, Iran, where the National Train Center team from Chinese Taipei returned with a well-earned sixth place. In 2013 in Tehran, the Taiwan Power Company team became the only team from the country to step on the podium when they finished third, the best performance ever any Chinese Taipei side could achieve. The Taichung Bank’s victory on Friday delighted home audience of around 4,000 inside the University of Taipei Hall.
Against the 2012 champions Al Arabi Sport Club from Qatar, Taichung Bank, the Chinese Taipei national squad which finished sixth place at the recent Asian Senior Men’s Championship in Tehran, fielded a strong offensive line-up consisting of Liu Hong-Jie, his twin brother Liu Hung-Min, Wang Ming-Chun, Huang Chun-Ching, Huang Pei-Hung and Chen Chien-Chen. Al Arabi also came up with a formidable roster with the likes of terrific Ibrahim Ibrahim and hard-attacking Camejo Durruthy Osmel.
Every spike and defense accompanied with the roaring sound of cheerfulness for Taichung Bank though, their performance was not consistent with their supporters’ great wish and consequently, the host side lost the first set 21-25.
Qatar’s constant mistakes at serving and digging helped Taichung Bank attain a smooth 25-21 win in the second set. The hosts shone through their never-give-up spirit in the third and fourth sets, which they won 25-23 25-17, for the eventual 3-1 title match.
Wang Ming-Chun led Taichung Bank with 16 points comprising 14 kills from 25 attempts and two great serves, while Camejo Durruthy scored a match-high 35 points for Al Arabi Sport Club. He led the Qataris in all skills consisting of 29 kills, four stuff blocks and two ace serves.
Paykan b Pavlodar VC 3-1 (25-13, 25-23, 26-28, 25-18)
Formidable Paykan of Iran produce a dramatic four-set victory over Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar VC to be content with third place
Paykan, which fielded seven main players from the Iran national team finishing second at the recent Asian Senior Men’s Championship on home soil, powered past Pavlodar VC, the team they had already beaten 3-1 in the Pool F quarter-final playoffs earlier, in pulsating four sets 25-13 25-23 26-28 25-18.
Powerhouses Paykan, which had handed Iran seven Asian Men’s Club titles in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, began strongly, easily acquiring a lead and stayed way ahead of Pavlodar until the end. The first set ended with a drastic difference, with Paykan leaving the oppositions with a wide margin of 12 points ahead 25-13.
In the second set, Pavlodar had a slow start. Paykan managed an impressive 3-0 lead over the rivals, who tried to stay close behind Paykan’s heels as they both charged towards the finish line, unwilling to be left behind. Nonetheless, with a greater performance, Paykan took the close second set 25-23.
Bruised by the second set, Paykan’s defence crumbled, allowing Pavlodar the opportunity they were searching for. Each point was fought for between the two teams, with a maximum of a single point lead at anytime during the set up until the third deuce. In the end, it was Pavlodar, which managed to come out on top. They bagged the third set win 28-26.
Unfazed by the third set, Paykan rushed into the fourth set looking for a better luck and form. They managed a three-point lead 4-1 within minutes, forcing Pavlodar to ask for the first time out in the set. Pavlodar came back from the time out with renewed determination, but Paykan had already found their rhythm to go on mighty attacks. Paykan clinched the set 25-18, the 3-1 match and the third place in this top-flight competition.
“Some of my players did not play at their maximum potential, for they have just finished a competition with their national team at home. Their efforts still paid off though, as they are leaving the competition with a third place,” Paykan’s head coach Peyman Akbari commented after the match.
BAIC Motor b Korea Armed Forces 3-1 (25-17 25-23 14-25 25-19)
China’s BAIC Motor claim fifth place following an impressive four-set win over Korea Armed Forces
Led by powerful He Jing Zhao, BAIC Motor had a little problems in thrashing Korea Armed Forces to take the first set 25-17.
The Koreans fought hard with an aim of making amends for the loss, but the oppositions still went on their unchallenged onslaughts. Despite putting on a brave fight, the Koreans still proved BAIC Motor a tough nut to crack in the second set,which was won 25-23 by the Chinese for a commanding 2-0 advantage.
Korea Armed Forces found their rhythm in the third set, while the Chinese defence was down in the dumps. The Koreans took the comfortable set 25-14.
BAIC Motor, which came in third place at the previous edition last year in Pasay, Philippines, continued their exceptional performance in the fourth set to win the thrilling battle 25-19, the 3-1 match and the fifth place.
Wang Chen tallied 19 points for BAIC Motor, while Cho Sungchul scored 14 points for Korea Armed Forces.
South Gas Club b Migrasiya 3-2 (16-25 25-15 25-18 14-25 15-13)
Iraq’s South Gas Club struggle hard to beat Migrasiya from Turkmenistan with a comeback victory to take the seventh position.
South Gas Club struggled to hit their form to go down in the first set 16-25, but found their touch to win the next two sets 25-15 25-18 for a 2-1 lead.
Migrasiya revived their fortunes in the fourth set and their determination paid off handsomely when they took the effortless fourth set 25-14 for an exciting 2-2 draw.
In the decider, South Gas Club played more consistently to narrowly edge the fighting Migrasiya 15-13 for the hard-fought 3-2 win and the seventh place.
Majeed Safaa emerged as the top scorer of South Gas Club with 19 points, while Bahram Rozmetov tallied 17 points including 15 kills from 25 attempts for Migrasiya.
7th-8th playoff: South Gas Club (Iraq) b Migrasiya (Turkmenistan) 3-1 (16-25 25-15 25-18 14-25 15-13)
5th-6th playoff: BAIC Motor (China) b Korea Armed Forces 3-1 (25-17 25-23 14-25 25-19)
Third-place playoff: Paykan (Iran) b Pavlodar VC (Kazakhstan) 3-1 (25-13 25-23 26-28 25-18)
Championship match: Taichung Bank Club (Chinese Taipei) b Al Arabi Sport Club (Qatar) 3-1 (21-25 25-21 25-23 25-17)
1. Taichung Bank Club (Chinese Taipei) – representing Asia for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship 2015 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from October 27 to November 1
2. Al Arabi Sport Club (Qatar)
3. Paykan (Iran)
4. Pavlodar VC (Kazakhstan)
5. BAIC Motor (China)
6. Korea Armed Forces (Korea)
7. South Gas Club (Iraq)
8. Migrasiya (Turkmenistan)
9. Nakhonratchasima (Thailand)
10. Panasonic (Japan)
11. Trang An Ninh Binh (Vietnam)
12. Cignal (Philippines)
13. Sohar (Oman)
14. Victorian Volleyball Academy (Australia)
15. NDS (Afghanistan)
16. Qadsia Sporting Club (Kuwait)
First Best Outside Spiker: Chen Chien-Chen – No.19 Taichung Bank (Chinese Taipei)
Second Best Outside Spiker: Liu Hung-Min – No.7 Taichung Bank (Chinese Taipei)
Best Opposite Spiker: Camejo Durruthy Osmel – No.17 Al Arabi Sport Club (Qatar)
First Best Middle Blocker: Mohamed Ibrahim Ibrahim – No.16 Al Arabia Sport Club (Qatar)
Second Best Middle Blocker: Mostafavand Saeed – No.2 Paykan (Iran)
Best Setter: Huang Pei-Hung – No.17 Taichung Bank (Chinese Taipei)
Best Libero: Lin Yung-Shun – No.16 Taichung Bank (Chinese Taipei)
Most Valuable Player: Huang Pei-Hung – No.17 Taichung Bank (Chinese Taipei)