Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 19, 2017 – Vietnam defied against all odds to power past Kazakhstan in thrilling three sets 25-19 25-20 25-14 to join Chinese Taipei, Japan and hosts Thailand to the semi-finals of the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Friday.
Against Kazakhstan, Vietnam excelled in defence and teamwork, with their spectacular attacks overcoming the rivals’ high blocks. After winning the hard-fought first two sets 25-19 25-20, Vietnam stormed on to win the comfortable third set 25-14 and match.
Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, standing 187cm tall, handed Vietnam 14 points including 13 kills. Tranh Thi Huyen and Nguyen Thi Trinh added 12 points apiece. Yekaterina Sakharov collected 14 points for Kazakhstan including 10 kills from 29 attempts.
After the match, Vietnam’s Japanese head coach Irisawa Hidehiro said, “I’m happy with my team’s performance. They played well, particularly their first-ball reception and spiking. We next take on hosts Thailand. I admit that Thailand are very strong. We have to try our best. To win at least a set from the match against Thailand is a success of my team. As far as I know, the strong point of the host side is their unity and combination attacks.”
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