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Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 15, 2017 – Kazakhstan found Chinese Taipei a tough nut impossible to crack to go down fighting in thrilling three sets, but both teams paraded to the round of the last eight teams at the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Monday.

Both teams have already won their first two matches over Australia and Sri Lanka and the Monday’s match was to decide the top spot in Pool C. Against the Kazakhs, whose height average is 177cm against the rivals’ 174cm, Chinese Taipei remained in incredible form to make a clean sweep in the pool on Monday with a sensational 25-19 25-17 25-19 win over the fighting Kazakhs. However, despite the loss, Kazakhstan joined Chinese Taipei to the round of the las eight teams.

Chen Tzu-Ya scored a team-high 15 points, all of them from her devastating attacks. Yu Chin-Feng and Tseng Wan-Ling added 11 points apiece to the team’s tally. Aidan Oryntayeva led Kazakhstan with 11 points including 10 kills from 23 attempts.

“I think Kazakhstan played well with strong attacks in the first set and we found it very difficult to cope with their tactics. However, we tried to improve on our service, spikes and blocks and we then won this match. We next take on Hong Kong and I think we will play a relaxed match against them. The match after that will be much tougher as we have to play hosts Thailand, one of the strong teams in this tournament. We now top Pool C and hope we will have a good run in this championship. We’ve aimed for playing in the final here no matter which team we will play,” Chinese Taipei’s head coach Lin Ming-Hui commented after the match.


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