Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, April 5, 2017 – Chinese Taipei took the fifth place at the SMM 11th Asian Boys’ U19 Volleyball Championship at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium Hall B on Wednesday following their hard-fought 25-21 25-23 25-21 win over Thailand.
Chinese Taipei, which beat Australia 3-1 in the 5th-8th playoff match the previous day, fielded a formidable line-up led by the 198cm-tall Kan Ming-Hsiu, whileThailand was spearheaded by Chaiwat Thungkham and Pipat Chansuksri.
Thailand tried to cope with the rivals’ quick attacks and solid defence, but failed to make their mark. Chinese Taipei snared the first set 25-21.
The second set was more thrilling when Thailand regrouped, attempting to make amends from the first set loss. However, Chinese Taipei found their touch at the final assault, winning the closely-contest set 25-23.
Both teams came all-out in the third set. Thailand led initially 17-15 before Chinese Taipei bounced back with attacks and terrific jump serves, which allowed the Thais difficulties to receive. Leading 22-20 for good, Chinese Taipei went on their fine form to win the set 25-23, match and the fifth position.
Chang Yu-Sheng led Chinese Taipei with 14 points, 11 of them through deadly attacks. Kan Ming-Hsiu contributed 10 kills, while Chang Yu-Sheng added 5 kill blocks. Chaiwat Thungkham emerged as the Thailand’s top scorer with 13 points. However, three players scored similar 10 points though their attack hits. They comprised Chaiwat Thungkham, Khomsan Phoonsang and Pipat Chansuksri.
Chinese Taipei’s head coach Chuang Shih-Hsien commented after the match, “We expected earlier to win this match. We spent only 80% of what we had in beating Thailand. In the third set, we fielded many substitutions to give them a chance to gain experience, but they played nervously. We decided to replace them with those from the starting line-up and that’s why we could come back. After this, we will go back to Chinese Taipei. My players have to further their studies.”
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