MALAYSIA TO BATTLE IT OUT WITH KIWIS FOR 5TH PLACE
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 16, 2018 – Malaysia recovered from one set down to wedge out Singapore 3-1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-14, 25-17) in the 5th -8th playoff match in the “Princess Cup” 20th Est Cola South East Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Sports Centre Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Jia Tian Yong was instrumental in lifting the team’s victory as she scored a team-high 19 points for Malaysia, while Irene Qi Min Siah and Xin Ying Chia added another 15 and 13 points respectively. Tan Si Xuan led Singapore with 10 points.
Singapore made an impressive start when they performed a tenacious defense which saw them claim the first set 25-21. However, Malaysia, coached by Moh Hiong Kwong, regrouped for a never-give-up attitude, leaving the on-going game to turn out to be a tense battle. But the Malaysian side held their nerves and performed better in crucial points to capture the hard-fought second set 27-25. Malaysia kept their momentum going and carried on their sensational offense to claim the next two sets 25-14, 25-17 and match.
“We didn’t play well in the first two sets. But we had confidence to win. That is why we showed what we had in the third and fourth sets. We trained together for one month before this tournament. I hope my players will gain valuable experience playing in international competitions,” Malaysia head coach Moh Hiong Kwong said after the match.
“Against New Zealand on Thursday (tomorrow), I think our chance is 50-50. New Zealand are also a good team and we have to study their game. I hope my players will show their best form against them,” he added.
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