Ardabil, Iran, May 9, 2017 – Chinese Taipei maintained their third place achieved at the previous edition in Myanmar two years ago when they recovered from the first set down 19-25 to win the remaining three sets 25-21 25-23 25-22 in the bronze-medal match against Thailand at the SMM 2nd Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship at the 6,000-seater Rezazadeh Indoor Stadium on Tuesday.
For Thailand, fighting for the bronze medal was a success beyond their expectation. At the previous episode, Thailand finished a disappointing 7th place.
Thailand were greatly benefitted by powerful attacks of Pusit Phonarin to take the first set 25-19. Chinese Taipei came back much stronger in the second set as they played more consistently with confidence. Their determination bore fruits when Chinese Taipei snatched the second set 25-21 and went on their mighty attacks to win the see-saw third set 25-23.
The fourth set was more thrilling when both sides poured everything they had, but Chinese Taipei regained their composure to advance 11-9 before stretching it to 16-13 and went on to win the set 25-22, match and the third place.
Chinese Taipei’s head coach Yu Ching-Fang expressed his satisfaction over the third place his team had won and said: “We tried for a better position this time, but we have to be satisfied with the third place again. Our last loss to Thailand in this tournament helped us have a better analysis of them to win the match.”
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