VC Altay of Kazakhstan defeated Nakhon Ratchasima QminC VC 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-20) in a highly-anticipated showdown at the Asian Women’s Club Championship on Thursday.

Altay finished fourth four times in a row from 2016 to 2019 and competed at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship in Shaoxing, China, when they finished fifth. With their fantastic win against the Asian Women's Club Championship host side today, Altay will compete at the Women’s Club World Championship again. The 2021 edition of the global competition is due to take place in Ankara, Turkey from December 15 to 19, 2021, with six teams vying for the world crown.

Altay were the second team from Kazakhstan to capture the Asian Women’s Club title. Rahat Almaty (and Rahat CSKA) landed the crown in 2004 and 2007.

Earlier, Supreme Chonburi, former three-time Thailand League winners and successive two-time Asian Club champions, pulled off a scintillating straight-set 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 victory against Iran’s Super League winners Saipa in the third-place playoff to clinch bronze.

Final ranking

1. Altay (Kazakhstan)

2. Nakhon Ratchasima QminC VC (Thailand)

3. Supreme Chonburi (Thailand)

4. Saipa (Iran)

5. Zhetysu (Kazakhstan)

6. Choco Mucho (Philippines)

7. Rebisco (Philippines)

Dream Team / Individual awards

Most Valuable Player

Sana Anarkulova (No.2 Altay)

Best Outside Spikers

Nadiia Kodola (No.16 Altay)

Chatchu-on Moksri (No.19 Nakhon Ratchasima QminC VC)

Best Middle Blockers

Pouran Zare (No.14 Saipa)

Pleumjit Thinkaow (No.5 Supreme Chonburi)

Best Opposite Spiker

Kristina Belova (No.13 Altay)

Best Setter

Nootsara Tomkom (No.13 Nakhon Ratchasima QminC VC)

Best Libero

Madina Beket (No.2 Altay)