Eight of the 12 matches on Wednesday were decided in straight sets and five teams claimed spots in the FIVB Women’s World Championships second round.
With Tuesday victories, 5th-ranked Russia and 2nd-ranked USA qualified for second round action at the 2018 FIVB World Championship. 16th-ranked Thailand also notched a win, overcoming a key injury to get past Trinadad and Tobago in 4 sets.
18-year old Chatchu-on Moksri was Thailand’s leading scoreer before going down with an ankle sprain at the Asian Games.
Zhu Ting and China were unstoppable as they won all 8 of their Asian Games matches in 3-0 sweeps.
The loss of one star, plus the return of another, saw Thailand into the gold medal match for the first time in tournament history.
Chatchu-on Moksri is expected to miss the rest of the Asian Games tournament in 2018.
Supreme Chonburi of Thailand defeated the NEC Red Rockets to claim the 2018 Asian Women’s Club Championship title. Ajcharaporn Kongyot was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Taylor Sandbothe scored 13 points for Supreme Chonburi in a 3-0 sweep of Paykan Tehran VC in the quarterfinals. She led the match with 5 blocks to help her team reach the semifinals.
Nanami Hirose has led the NEC Red Dragons of Japan to a first place finish in Pool A and the top seed in the playoffs at the Asian Women’s Volleyball Club Championships. They will face the winner of the Lanka Lions and CMFC in the quarterfinals.
Sandbothe has joined the team for the Asian Club Championships, making the 3rd club in her 2-year professional career so far.