The favorites in the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship rocked the first day of the second group phase, Tuesday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
Akari Oumi led the Japanese with 13 points, Sarina Koga added 11, while Mizuko Yanigata contributed 10 points. American import Ariel Usher was the lone bright spot for Foton, scoring seven points.
Kazakstan’s Altay VC towered over Vietnam’s Thongtin LVP Bank, making for a quick 25-21, 25-16, 25-22 sweep in the other match out of Group E.
Altay VC’s Inna Matveyeva powered in 17 points while Alessya Safronova contributed 10 markers. Thao Tran Ti led the Vietnamese with nine points while Minh Do Thi pitched in seven points.
In Group F, China’s Ba’Yi Shenzeng whipped Iran’s Sarmeyeh Bank 25-18, 25-19, 25-14.
Wang Yunlu and Liu Yan Han each had 16 points for the Chinese while Jungjing Yang added 13 markers. Masa Khadkoda topped the Iranians with nine points while Neda Chamlanian contributed eight markers.
Defending champions Bangkok Glass also remained spotless, thwarting Chinese Taipei’s T. Grand 25-10, 25-10, 25-11 in the last match of the day in Group F.
Thai National Team stalwart Wilavan Apinyapong topped the scoresheet with 11 markers. T. Grand team captain Chiu Ya-Hui had seven markers.
In this second group phase, teams are jostling for seeding for the knockout quarterfinals where the top seed from each group takes on the bottom seed from the other while the second seeds face the third.
The NEC Red Rockets (2-0) have the lead in Group E followed by Altay VC (1-1), Thongtin LVP Bank (1-1) and Foton (0-2).
Bangkok Glass (2-0) and Ba’Yi Shenzeng (2-0) share the lead in Group F followed by Sarmeyeh Bank (0-2) and T. Grand (0-2).
Today is the final day of the group phase with Bangkok Glass facing Ba’Yi Shenzeng for the top spot in Group F and Sarmeyeh Bank and T. Grand squaring off to untangle the ties in Group F.
Foton Pilipinas takes on Altay VC then the NEC Red Rockets face the Thongtin LVP Bank in Group E.