Si Sa Ket, Thailand, July 18, 2016 – Hosts Thailand take on Indonesia and Vietnam challenge Philippines in the semi-finals of the “Princess Cup” 19th Est Cola South East Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship presented by SMM Sport at Weesomemai Gymnasium on Tuesday.
All eight participating teams contested their last group round-robin preliminary matches on Monday. Only top two teams from each pool will make the cut for the cross semi-finals, while the next two less-ranked teams in each pool will be relegated to the 5th-8th playoffs.
Hosts Thailand, fielding two national senior players in Pimpichaya Kokrum and Chutchu-on Moksri, captured the top spot in Pool A with a perfect sweep of three victories without losing a set to their respective rivals and nine points.
The hosts, fresh from beating New Zealand and Singapore in the first two matches, proved too strong for the Philippines to thrash the fighting opponents in straight sets 25-14 25-23 25-16 on Monday.
Chutchu-on Moksri scored a match-high 14 points for Thailand including 11 kills from 29 attempts, while Jasmine Nabor led the Philippines with 11 points, 10 of them through powerful hits.
The Philippines came in second place in Pool A with six points from two wins against one loss. New Zealand finished third in the pool with three points from one win against two losses, while winless Singapore claimed the fourth position.
New Zealand’s lone victory came in the Monday’s match against Singapore when they pulled off a hard-fought 25-23 22-25 25-17 25-23 win over the gallant rivals. Emma Mabbott tallied 18 points for New Zealand, with Tan Ying Xuan Claudia scoring 11 points for Singapore.
Vietnam also extend their unbeaten run on Monday following an easy 25-12 25-12 25-12 win over Australia for their three straight wins to top Pool B with nine points. Duong Thi Hen emerged as the top scorer for Vietnam with 14 points, with Adam Mikayla scoring five points for Australia. The Australians had only three points from one win over Malaysia against two losses to end up their preliminaries in third place.
Indonesia finished second in Pool B after collecting six points from two wins against one loss, while lacklustre Malaysia came in fourth place in the pool.
In their last preliminary match on Monday, Indonesia outclassed Malaysia in comfortable straight sets 25-17 25-15 25-11. Pertiwi Hangestri led Indonesia with 12 points, while Mandy Song Ting Em scored 10 points for Malaysia.
The penultimate day of the five-day championship sees New Zealand take on Malaysia and Australia face Singapore in the 5th-8th classification round, with the first match starting at 12pm.
The semi-final encounters will kick off at 4pm, with Pool A winners Thailand pitted against Pool B runners-up Indonesia, while Pool B winners Vietnam take on Pool A runners-up Philippines at 6pm.
GROUP ROUND-ROBIN PRELIMINARIES
Thailand b Philippines 3-0 (25-14 25-23 25-16)
New Zealand b Singapore 3-1 (25-23 22-25 25-17 25-23)
Indonesia b Malaysia 3-0 (25-17 25-15 25-11)
Vietnam b Australia 3-0 (25-12 25-12 25-22)
12pm: New Zealand v Malaysia
2pm: Australia v Singapore
4pm: Thailand v Indonesia
6pm: Vietnam v Philippines