Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, OctoberÂ 6,Â 2021 âÂ Gifted Chatchu-on Moksri guided classy Nakhon Ratchasima QminC VC to fourth straight win in theÂ 2021Â Asian Womenâs Club Volleyball Championship as the four-time Thailand League winners cruised to an exceptionalÂ 3-0Â victory against Supreme Chonburi in the do-or-die semifinals on Wednesday.
Nakhon Ratchasima, strong with the likes of highly-experienced setter Nootsara Tomkom and star spiker Chatchu-on, survived a daunting challenge from Supreme to stun the former successive two-time Asian Club champions in hotly-contested three-setterÂ 25-18,Â 25-22,Â 25-18Â and progress to the final showdown of the one-week Championship.
Nakhon Ratchasima will face off against Kazakhstanâs Altay in a clash of the Titans on Thursday. Both teams remained unbeaten and no matter what position they will take in this Championship, it will turn out to be their maiden victory. Nakhon Ratchasima and Altay have yet reached the final clash of the Championship, with the former finishing a disappointingÂ 5th in theÂ 2014Â edition on home soil and the latter clinching fourth place four times in a row at the previous editions inÂ 2016,Â 2017,Â 2018, andÂ 2019.
Chatchuon-Moksri scored a game-highÂ 20Â attack points fromÂ 51Â attempts, while Chatsuda Nilapa kept good company to addÂ 13Â points. Wipawee Srithong and superstar Pleumjit Thinkaow scored 13Â andÂ 12Â points respectively on Supreme Chonburiâs losing effort.
Against unbeaten Nakhon Ratchasima, Supreme fielded a formidable line-up that beat Choco Mucho in the quarter-finals on Monday including Sutudta Chuewulim and Pleumjit Thinkaow. Supreme made a strong start in the first set to tie 11-11Â but shortly after that, they could not maintain their form. Nakhon Ratchasima gradually pulled their game together and took the first setÂ 25-18.
Supreme tried to regain their composure in the second set, with Wipawee, Sutadta, and Pleumjit uncorking powerful spikes, but Nakhon Ratchasima intensified their defense and fought back hard to capture the nail-biting set 25-22.
With Chatchu-on a constant threat from spike range and Karina Krauserâs blocking ability proved a thorn in the Supremeâs attacks, Nakhon Ratchasima made their mark in the third set. The momentum was with coach Thanakij Inleanngâs girls and they continued to put Supreme under enormous pressure in the set, where Nakhon Ratchasima stormed on to win the hotly-anticipated contestÂ 25-18Â and match.
Supreme Chonburi finished second at the previous edition in China inÂ 2019, and theÂ 21st edition here has taken the opportunity from them to preserve their chance to land the title. However, with theirÂ 3-1Â win against Saipa in the preliminary Pool B match earlier, itâs possible that the Thai outfit will repeat the similar feat against Iranâs Super League champions when they will face each other again in the bronze-medal match on Thursday.
âEven if we won the game, I think we had some trouble facing the difficult blocks of Supreme at the beginning, but we rapidly fixed this mistake so the game flowed smoothly as we plannedâ, Nakhon Ratchasima captain Nootsara Tomkom said.
âWe have changed some playersâ position so they need to adjust themselves a little bit at the game but overall they did well. We helped each other with perfect teamwork. I need to thank them for that. To play against Altay tomorrow, they have a good combination of strong players and taller figures than us. We need to improve both attacking and defensive games to beat themâ.
The preceding was a press release from the Asian Club Volleyball Championship. Their statements are their own.