Maja Tokarska of Hisamitsu Springs Kobe sends the ball strongly against Bangkok Glass blocker Wilavan Apinyapong.
Manila, Philippines, October 20, 2016 - Hisamitsu Springs Kobe ended their elimination round campaign on a winning note with an easy beating of Bangkok Glass 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-20) in the all-Asia derby of Pool B of the 2016 FIVB Women's Club World Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Skipper Yumi Nagaoka paced the Japanese side with 20 points, built on 18 kills, while Yuki Ishii, who came with a match-clinching attack, fired 13 markers. Nana Iwasaka and Maja Tokarska added 10 points apiece.
It was the second win of Hisamitsu in the history of the competition, after their stunning victory last year over eventual gold medallists Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul.
Coming from back-to-back losses, Hisamitsu Springs Kobe took an early lead, 10-6, in the first set before it ballooned to 16-9. From a close contest, 12-11 halfway through the second set, the Japanese tightened up on defense and manned the floor more accurately to lead the match, two sets to none.
Hisamitsu Springs Kobe had a strong third set start, 6-2, as Ishii and Nagaoka took charge for the Japanese side and pushed the lead to 16-10 en route to victory.
Vietnam's Thi Ngoc Hoa Nguyen made 11 points for Bangkok Glass, who absorbed their second loss. The Thai team will face VakifBank Istanbul on Friday.Quick links:
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Website
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Results & Schedule
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship Manila 2016 - Teams