CHINA’s Baic Motor downed Kazakhstan’s Kondensat-Zhaikmunay, 25-17, 25-14, 25-20, in the battle for third place on Wednesday in the Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship at the MOA Arena.
Team captain Wout Wijismans, a Belgian who also holds Chinese citizenship, led all scorers with 15 points, while Chunlong Liang, Fan Yang and Canadian reinforcement Frederic Winters each added 10.
Chen Wang and Runming Li chipped in nine and seven markers, respectively, for Baic Motor, which only used seven of its players including the libero Qingtao Shan but still managed to finish the match in just 64 minutes.
“At least we finished the tournament in a good way,” said Winters, who was pleased Baic Motor bounced back strong after bowing to Matin Varamin of Iran in the semifinals.
“All did a good job, too bad it was not in the finals but we played as good as we could and be happy that we are in the third place,” he added.
China dominated the match in spikes (38-29) and blocks (13-4), and improved from its fourth place finish last year.
“We gave it all, we should be satisfied."
Baic Motor capitalized on the poor reception of Kondensat-Zhaikmunay as it registered 10 service aces to one by the Kazakh club.
Kazakhstan coach Igor Nikolchenko was obviously disappointed with the fourth place finish, although it is one place better than last year.
“This team is good in Kazakhstan but in international (competition) it’s not good enough,” said Nikolchenko.
Maxim Samarin scored 15 points for Kazakhstan.
Earlier, Chinese Taipei took fifth place by defeating South Gas Club Sports of Iraq, 25-22, 25-18, 25-19.
Chien-Feng Huang had 11 points for Chinese Taipei, while Ming-Chung Wang and Hung-Min Liu, who came off the bench, added 10 markers each.
The Taiwanese club took only 73 minutes to trounce the Iraq squad, but Chinese Taipei coach Chen Ke-Chou was not satisfied with their performance in the tournament overall as they failed to even match Taipei’s third place finish last year.
“I think our performance is not good,” he admitted. “I hope next year we can win the championship.”
Six-foot-6 Bulgarian reinforcement Aleksandaron Ananiev Metodi provided 14 points for Iraq.
South Gas Club Sports wound up sixth, one place above their finish last year, but coach Khalaf Abdul Sa Alaa had hoped for a higher placing.
“Today Chinese Taipei played very good defense and good reception, my players are very bad," he said.
“Sixth place for me personally is no good, good for (the country) Iraq but for me, no good.”