2017 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship
The 10th Presence of Iranian Women in AVC Women’s Club Champ
Iranian women are experiencing their 10th appearance in the 18th Asian Women’s Club Championship from 25-31 May in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.
This year, Sarmayeh Bank of Iran as the champion of premier league will compete with the other seven participating teams. Here is the pooling of the preliminary round:
Pool A: Kazakhstan (host), Thailand, Iran, China
Pool B: Japan, China, Vietnam, Philippine
Sarmayeh Bank will fight against the clubs of Thailand, Chinese Taipei, and Kazakhstan in preliminary round.
Ms. Mitra Shabanian, the head coach of Sarmayeh Bank has arranged her team with 14 players who are Mahdiyeh Khajeh Kalayi, Faranak Babeliyan,Soudabeh Bagherpour, Neda Chamlanian, Shabnam Alikhani, Zeinab Giveh, Mahsa Saberi, Maedeh Borhani, Niloufar Ebrahimi, Tahmineh Dargazni, Farnoush Sheikhi, Niloufar Hojati, Mahta Mohammadi, and Mahtab Rahmani.
The preliminary round of the 18th Asian Women’s Club Championship will be held with 12 matches on 25-27 May from Thursday to Saturday.
The participating teams will rest on Sunday and then will continue their matches on Monday in the playoff where the four teams of pool A will compete against the teams of pool B in a round-robin system.
The winners of play-off will move up to the final and semi-final round to take their chance for the first to fourth places. The losers will then fight in a classification match of 5th-8th places.
Final Standing (2016):
1. NEC Red Rockets (JPN) – qualified for 2017 FIVB Women’s Club Volleyball World Championship
2. Ba’Yi Shenzheng (CHN)
3. Bangkok Glass (THA)
4. Altay VC (KAZ)
5. Sarmayeh Bank (IRI)
6. Thongtin Lien Viet Post Bank (VIE)
7. Foton Pilipinas (PHI)
8. T.Grand (TPE)
9. 4.25 Sports Club (PRK)
10. Jakarta Elektrik (INA)
11. Kwai Tsing (HKG)
The first edition of Asian Women’s Club Championship took place in 1999 with the championship of South Korea. This tournament did not take place in 2003.
China with 7 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze medals is the most honorable team of tournament with the total number of 15 medals.
Thailand as the second honorable team of Asia has recorded 12 medals (4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze) while Japan with 12 medals will stand on the third place with 3 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze medals.
Iranian women have participated in this tournament since 2008 with different clubs as Zob Ahan (2 editions), Saipa (1 edition), Persepolis (1 edition), Giti Pasand (2 edition), Azad University (1 edition), Varamin matin (1 edition), Sarmayeh Bank (1 edition + 2017).
Sarmayeh Bank as the eighth representative of Iran is taking part in the 10th Asian Women’s Club Championship.
Sarmayeh Bank Last year in 2016 with Majda Cicic finished 5th and has made their best record ever in the history of Asian Women’s Club championship.
1999: South Korea, Thailand, China
2000: China 1, Japan, China 2
2001: China, Japan, Thailand
2002: Japan, Thailand, Kazakhstan
2004: Kazakhstan, China, Chinese Taipei
2005: China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea
2006: China, Chinese Taipei, Thailand
2007: Kazakhstan, Thailand, Japan
2008: China, Thailand, Japan (Zob Ahan of Iran claimed 8th)
2009: Thailand, China, Japan (Saipa of Iran claimed 8th)
2010: Thailand, Kazakhstan, Japan (Zob Ahan of Iran claimed 8th)
2011: Thailand, China, Kazakhstan (Persepolis of Iran claimed 6th)
2012: China, Japan, Thailand (Giti Pasand of Iran claimed 6th)
2013: China, Kazakhstan, Japan (Giti Pasand of Iran claimed 8th)
2014: Japan, China, Kazakhstan (Varamin Matin of Iran claimed 7th)
2015: Thailand, Japan, China (Azad University of Iran claimed 9th)
2016: Japan, China, Thailand (Sarmayeh bank of Iran claimed 5th)