The Japanese scored another decisive victory over their Thai rivals as Hisamitsu Springs rolled past Bangkok Glass 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 in their final match of the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
“We tried to get our younger players who aren’t in the National Team more playing time so they can experience playing against foreigners. There are a lot of things we need to work on but we are happy with how we played today,” said Hisamitsu Springs head coach Kumi Nakada through a translator.
Although much younger than their Thai opponents, the Japanese executed their gameplan to perfection, serving hard and challenging Bangkok’s reception. Unable to pass consistently, Bangkok Glass’ offense stalled and allowed the Japanese to set their defense.
Hisamitsu Springs out-spiked (47-28), out-blocked (9-5), and out-served (5-3) their foes en route to their lone win of the tournament.
Hisamitsu skipper Miyu Nagaoka led all scorers with 20 points, Yuki Ishii managed 13, while Nana Iwasaka and Maja Tokarska added 10 points apiece.
“It was a very tough game for us. But we learned a lot. It’s a matter of putting ourselves together to get a win next time,” expressed Bangkok team captain Pleumjit Thinkaow.
Bangkok’s Vietnamese import Thi Ngoc Hoa Nguyen led her team with 11 points while Jutarat Montrapila came off the bench and contributed six markers.
Hisamitsu Springs finished the tournament with a 1-2 win-loss card. Bangkok Glass, at 0-2, has a match with Groub leaders Vakifbank Istanbul (1-0) left tomorrow.
Hisamitsu Springs (3) – Nagaoka 20, Ishii 13, Iwasaka 10, Tokarska 10, Nomoto 3, Shinnabe 3, Nakaoji 2, Mizuta 0, Ishibasa 0, Tsutsui (L)
Bangkok Glass (0) – Nguyen 11, Montripila 6, Frazier 5, Thinkaow 4, Apinyapong 4, Guedpard 3, Phengvechai 2, Prabnarong 1, Bundasak 0, Balee 0, Changkeaw (L)