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2016 Volleyball Asian Women’s Club: Japan Wins the Tourney

As we predicted, Japan’s NEC Red Rockets would win over Ba’yi Shenzhen of China — but at 3-0!? Yeah, tho we favored Japan to win, surprisingly China was just clobbered in the game.

Okay, the scores may be close (25-23, 25-19, 25-21) but NEC was really in control the whole time — save for the 3rd set when China raced to a 7 point lead at the start; but which Japan caught up.

NEC Red Rockets blasted their way to the title
NEC Red Rockets blasted their way to the title

In this title match, Ba’yi Shenzhen was not really able to utilize their height as the Red Rockets just often found the seams to the floor in their attacks. However, while a YouTube commentator said ‘t’is not about power but finding the floor’; we say, this is only true if you have the speed and good floor defense for return plays — like Japan!


Still, in the end, you’d need some sort of ‘power’ or strength to score as well. Can’t be all defense. Otherwise, you only delayed your loss.

And unfortunately, China didn’t have that defense, too. There was just a gaping hole at the back while their spikers — #5 Liu lacks focus and #1 Wang lacks mobility, she is just a bit stiff. Japan, meanwhile had a small but fiery spiker in #15 Yanagita; a sneaky attacker in #6 Oumi; and a stabilizing force in #2 Koga. So, the championship!


In the earlier match, Bangkok Glass rallied from 2 sets down to beat Altay Oskemen of Kazakhstan, 3-2 and take third place.


During the game, the Thais were kinda like sluggish in the first 2 sets as they fell behind, 0-2 to the Kazakhs. Demoralized in yesterday’s semifinal match? Perhaps. Told ya’, that semifinal against Japan was really the title match of the tournament.

Anyway, the turning point of the game was when #10 Jutarat was replaced with #1 Maliwan as she combined with #5 Pleumjit (who isn’t really a high leaper nor a powerful attacker but is especially good in quick plays) and #16 Frazier to rampage into Third Place.

What’s next? The 2016 Women’s Club World Championships in Manila from October 18 to 23. Must be exciting! Till then!

2016 Volleyball Asian Women’s Club: Finals Prediction

As expected, Japan against Thailand was a humdinger of a match — at least until Japan forced a 5th set — as the 4 sets took an average of 25 minutes per set to complete. But then from the 5th set onwards, it was all NEC Red Rockets who surprisingly dominated Bangkok Glass, 15-7.

One. Were the Thais just tired of playing volleyball, or were they overconfident? ‘Cause they looked lackadaisical in the final set, and by the time they realized their predicament, t’was just too late.

Two. Did the benching of their import Ashley Frazier prove to be the turning point? Well, we understand if Thailand’s coach wanted more familiarity when he replaced the American. Then again, if there’s one player and only one who should be replaced — we believe it should have been #10 Jutarat.

The Thais just got lost from late in the 4th set onwards
The Thais just got lost from late in the 4th set onwards

In this tournament really, Jutarat was Thailand’s weak link — second though was Ashley Frazier. Hey, these two either got their attacks blocked,  reception ‘offline’ or served way off! The Thais could have used more of #3 Sutadta and #1 Maliwan instead.

Anyway, as in our previous article on the 2016 AVC, whoever wins this match would most likely go on to win the championship as their expected Finals opponent Ba’yi Shenzhen of China has shown much vulnerability. Yeah, even in their semifinal match against Kazakhstan whom they beat 3-1, it actually took an average of about 26 minutes per set to get things done. See?

China had their troubles against Kazakhstan
China had their troubles against Kazakhstan

And save for the second and third sets when each team took turns in thumping each other — the score was pretty close especially in set number 4 when China finally won, 25-23..

As for the Kazakhs, while they took a set against China; they actually never got one against Japan in their September 5 meeting when the NEC Red Rockets won 3-nil.. 25-16, 25-17, 25-19.

If they could show the same intensity, it's gonna be a Red Rocket Day
If they could show the same intensity, it’s gonna be a Red Rocket Day in the Finals

So just imagine the Finals tomorrow (yes, based on their Kazakhstan matches alone, Japan should be favored). It’s basically China’s height against Japan’s speed. While NEC beat Altay’s height, Ba’yi is more skilled. Thus it should be a pretty close match with NEC prevailing if they could show the same focus and intensity as they did against Bangkok Glass when they trailed 1 set to 2 — then showed great defense to win in great fashion!

As for Ba’yi.. It’s just all about ‘consistency’.

Gadget Review: EHang 184, World’s First Human-sized Drone

When I heard about this innovative drone as the safest, smartest, eco-friendly low-altitude autonomous aerial vehicle — I was first curious about how much human weight can it really carry; after all, the EHang 184 is already about 440 pounds.

Then many questions followed.

EHang 184
EHang 184

How high can it actually fly? What if there’s a system failure, or say a breakdown in even one of the rotors? If it doesn’t rotate, or is hit by a bird or something? What if there’s sudden winds — hey, the passenger doesn’t even have any in-flight control!

Wow, doesn’t make sense. Just doesn’t make a passenger ‘feel’ safe..

Hmm… Looks real cool though. But the blades need protection and the passenger needs to be given some control, otherwise, this could just be a beautiful concept of 23 minutes in the air.

Well, at least it’s a good start by Chinese UAV company EHang.

Travel Time: Macau (China)

Ever wished of going to Las Vegas? Yeah, like to gamble and have fun? Well, our scheduled trip is that for Macau.. the Las Vegas of Asia.

Hmm… cool video. But if teleporting with Jared and Marianne only made you confused, let’s have a ride with NomadicSamuel..

Now, you probably understand the place a little more..

Portuguese and Chinese influence. That’s right. No wonder the nice flooring. Still, more than gambling, like our hosts tell us — there’s just so much to do in Macau. Walk. Eat. Sleep. Walk. Eat. Sleep. Hah!

Joking aside, it’s always nice to visit ‘historical’ sites like the Ruins of St. Paul’s while staying at The Venetian hotel.. Wow!

Don’t you feel like booking now? At least for those almond cookies..

Travel Time: Tibet (China)

For some weeks now we’ve been featuring places in some way related to China; and for today, we’d be visiting Tibet, a region in the northeast of the Himalayas that has been a constant source of controversy.

Let’s check out what this report has to say about the place..

It’s saddening.. and we’re not even a political site. But since we get to travel, it’s better to know the state of the place we’re interested in before packing our bags. You know, can’t just go on a trip ’cause of the sites and food but we got to make sure we’ll, or everybody’s okay..

We understand that money is being poured in to lure locals but is that enough? Well, just ask the locals.. or better yet, the monks.

See, even if Tibet has their own money, stamps, flag and all.. If Tibetans aren’t happy then many tourists would hesitate to visit a natural beauty like Tibet.. and the Dalai Lama. Oh, can we?

After all, Tibet’s bidding for more flights to boost its tourism industry.