Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 18, 2017 – Hefty Australia, taking their height advantage, pulled off a comfortable straight-set victory over smaller-built Macao at their last playoff encounter at the 9th-13th classification round at the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Thursday.
With the impressive 25-17 25-14 25-19 win over Macao, Australia claimed the top spot in Pool G and will battle it out against Pool H first place Uzbekistan in the 9th-10th playoff on Saturday. Macao, the only team not winning a match at this championship, returned with the 13th position.
Jennifer Tait emerged as the top scorer of Australia after scoring 12 points including 8 kills from 10 attempts. She also carried out 2 ace serves, while Agnieszka Kudziela handed the team 4 kill blocks. Long On Leng topscored with 15 points including 14 attack hits for Macao.
After the match, Australia’s head coach Shannon Winzer expressed her satisfaction over the team’s performance against Macao. “Today, we played with much better. We run more for attacks and I think we played quite well today and I’m happy with our team’s service. We next take on Uzbekistan in the 9th-10th playoff on Saturday. We watched them play on Wednesday. I think they are a good team. They are a big team. They hit the ball well and their service is excellent I think we will have a good mach on Saturday and I’m so excited with the Saturday’s match against them in today’s time (9am).”
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