BINAN – Bangkok Glass rose from two sets down to turn back Altay VC of Kazakhstan, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-6, on Sunday in the battle for third place in the 2016 AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship at Alonte Sports Arena.
Wilavan Apinyapong led Bangkok Glass with 19 points, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hao added 18, skipper Pleumjit Thinkaow contributed 17 and American import Ashley Frazier made 14.
“Today we are very happy, they (Altay VC) are very strong and very tall but we helped each other, we tried and finally we got it so we are very happy,” said Pleumjit.
Bangkok Glass, last year’s champion and perennial title contender in Asian events, got pushed by a club that appeared in the AVC tournament for the first time.
“In the first set and second set it was not a good game, we cannot receive, we cannot spike and we cannot block, in set three we changed position and tried to cover the floor defense,” said Bangkok Glass coach Kiattiapong Pornchartyongcheep.
Olga Biryukova scored 26 points, Kristina Anikonova added 12, while Hayley Dora Spelman and Sana Anarkulova chipped in with 11 markers apiece for Altay VC.
“We start the match good but after that we made more mistakes,” said Kazakhstan coach Burhan saik Canbolat.
“This is the first time we joined this tournament and I believe that after this (tournament) my team and my players they will be strong and ready for this (kind of) level,” he added.
“They (Bangkok Glass) are playing for 10 years together, unlike us. But I hope we can get back again next time.”