THAILAND EDGE PAST CLOSEST RIVALS INDONESIA TO TOP POOL H

THAILAND EDGE PAST CLOSEST RIVALS INDONESIA TO TOP POOL H

Tehran, Iran, September 18, 2019 – Thailand rallied past archrivals Indonesia in hard-fought five-set thriller 25-22 25-20 23-25 23-25 15-9 in their 9th-16th playoff encounter, a final rematch of the 2017 South East Asian Games in Malaysia, at the SMM 20th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship at the 12,000-seater Azadi Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Amorntep Konhan scored a team-high 17 points and team-mate Kritsada Somkane added 16 points to the team’s tally. Rendy Febriant Tamamilang led Indonesia with 26 points including 23 attacks.

Thailand and Indonesia have already won their first playoff match on Tuesday, with the former downing Kuwait 3-0 and the latter outplaying Hong Kong China with the same margin. The Wednesday’s match turned out to be a decisive match to determine the Pool H winners. However, both sides finished top two in the Pool and, therefore, have already secured their berths for the classification round for 9th-12th places.

Thailand will next challenge Kazakhstan, silver medallists at the previous edition in Indonesia two years ago and second in Pool G, while Indonesia go up against Pool G frontrunners Qatar.

“I am happy that we won the match against Indonesia. It was not easy. Tomorrow, we will play tall Kazakhstan with a completely different roster. My players are young and need some more experience,” Thailand head coach, Monchai Supajirakul said after the match.

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