THAILAND OUTCLASS AUSTRALIA TO SET UP SEMI-FINAL CLASH AGAINST KAZAKHSTAN AT “PRINCESS CUP”
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 15, 2018 – Thailand mercilessly crushed Australia in a totally lop-sided 58-minute battle 25-7 25-11 25-16 to sail through to the semi-finals of the “Princess Cup” 20th Est Cola South East Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Sports Centre Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Thailand proved their superiority over the visitors when they quickly took the one-sided first set 25-7. In the next two sets, Australia tried hard to mount a strong challenge against the host side, but they still couldn’t cope with the hosts’ awesome teamwork, combinations and solid defense which saw them go down 11-25, 16-25.
Wiranyupa Inchan emerged as Thailand’s top scorer after collecting 12 points including 11 kills and one block, while Wimonrat Thanapan added 7 points. Alisha Stevens scored only 5 points for Australia.
“I am quite satisfied with my team’s performance today. They have shown signs of improvements. Yesterday, my players still got nervous as it was our first match of the tournament. Today we get used to the atmosphere and the competition venue conditions and could bring our full potential. We tried to reduce some easy mistakes and played great defense,” Thailand head coach Chamnan Dokmai said after the match.
“To play Kazakhstan in the semi-finals on Wednesday, I think it is not different from today’s game, but we will not underestimate them. Their players are not so tall. We will do our best to beat them,” he added.
With three wins in a row, Thailand, which earlier beat Uzbekistan and Malaysia, captured the Pool A top spot and will next play Kazakhstan, second place in Pool B in the semi-finals, while Australia finished second in Pool A and will battle it out against Pool B winners India in the other semi-final encounter on Wednesday.
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