Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, April 4, 2015 – Thailand had a field day in their 5th-8th playoff match against Myanmar, thrashing the host side in a one-sided battle 25-15, 25-18 25-17 at the SMM 11th Asian Boys’ U19 Volleyball Championship at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.
Thailand, which have already beaten the host side in comfortable straight sets in their playoff encounter in the round of the last eight teams, had a little problems in taking the opening set 25-15.
With key player Aung Zaw Htet and Kyaw Hling Wai sidelined with injuries, Myanmar proved to have no answer with the Thai attacks led by Chaiwat Thungkham and Pipat Chansuksri which saw Thailand snatch the second set 25-18.
Myanmar, backed by nerve-wracking drum-beating home fans, came back stronger in the third set to be hot at the rivals’ heels. Taking an initial 16-14 lead, Thailand performed well defensively, with young Supakorn Jenthaisong, 14, attacking aggressively. Thailand captured the set 25-17 and match.
Supakorn Jenthaisong led Thailand with 9 points including 3 ace serves. Pipit Chansuksri contributed 8 kills from 18 attempts, while Khoisan Phoonsang and Nantawat Jhuasanthia handed the team 3 points apiece through their kill blocks. Ya Htike Wai collected 19 points for Myanmar.
After the match, Thailand’s head coach Somboon Nakpung said, “Since we have already played Myanmar, we learned their system. We just tried to improve our mistakes we made from the previous matches. We won’t see the other teams, we just concentrate on what we are doing and how we can get rid of our unforced mistakes. In our match against Iran on Monday, I think we started well, but after they blocked us effectively, we started to lose our confidence and became prone with errors. We next take on the winners between Australia and Chinese Taipei. I think we can play any team between the two sides. We learned that now we can’t make the cut for the world meet, what we can do now is do our best in the remaining matches.”
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