Japan's defence was too strong for Malaysia at the Asia Women's U23 Champs
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 17, 2017 – Thailand, Japan and Chinese Taipei maintained their unbeaten runs at the Asia Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship on Tuesday.
The tournament that is taking place at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall is a qualifying tournament for the FIVB Volleyball U23 Women’s World Championship that will take place in Slovenia from September 10-17.
Chatchu-on Moksri and Pimpichaya Kokram were in impressive form for Thailand, who needed to come back from losing the first set to defeat Kazakhstan 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-10, 25-10).
Chatchu-on Moksri scored a match-high 27 points including 25 kills from 60 attempts, with Pimpichaya Kokram adding 17 points including three ace serves. Aidana Oryntayeva led Kazakhstan with nine points.
“We started nervously in the first set and became more made some unforced errors,” Thailand coach Nataphon Srisamutnark said. “After losing one set, we tried to improve our reception and attacks. We sent in Ajcharaporn (Kongyot), who is highly-experienced and the team captain. She did a great job as she brought the team back on the right track.
“After winning the second set, I think we played a relaxed game and won the third and fourth sets comfortably.”
Chinese Taipei defeated Hong Kong 3-0 (25-16 25-13 25-12), while Japan overwhelmed Malaysia
3-0 (25-14 25-14 25-6).
Mivako Osanai led Japan with 11 points including nine kills from 15 attempts, while Alicia Yii collected six points for Malaysia.