Hosts Thailand double their wins in Asian U23 Champs


Vietnam were shut out by Japan

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 14, 2017 - Hosts Thailand registered their second win at the 2017 Women's U23 Asian Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima to remain on track for a medal and one of the two available tickets to the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship, 10-17 September in Ljubljana.

Kokram Pimpichaya with 11 points and Moksri Chatchu-on with 10 led Thailand in their 3-0 (25-12, 25-8, 25-8) sweep of Macao which secures the hosts top position in their preliminary round pool.

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Meanwhile, Japan shut out Vietnam 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-21) in their opening game in the competition with Nanaka Sakamoto scoring 10 points before coach Kiyoshi Abo brought on his subs for the third set. Tran Thi Thank Thuy was top scorer of the game with 11 points for Vietnam.

Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan also doubled their wins on Sunday and advanced to the next round of the competition. Chinese Taipei overwhelmed Australia 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-20) on the back of Chen Tzu-Ya's 17 points and Kazakhstan outplayed Sri Lanka 3-0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-12) with Yekaterina Sakharova bagging 16 points.

Iran also played their first match of the competition on Sunday, sweeping Malaysia 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-16) with Fetemeh Amini bringing in 11 points and Mona Ashofteh 10 to counter the 13 points of Low Mei Cing for the losers.

The first round wraps up on Monday.


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