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Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 17, 2017 – Kazakhstan recovered from the previous loss to Thailand to thrash Hong Kong with a convincing straight-set 25-17, 25-10, 25-15) in their second playoff match at the round of last eight teams in the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Wednesday.

Led by hard-hitting Saltanat Sapargaliyeva and Aidana Oryntayeva, the Kazakhs took the first set 25-17. Hong Kong tried hard to challenge the stronger opponents, but their determined intention did not work out properly as the Kazakhs remained in dominant form in the next two sets to win 25-10 and 25-15 without much trouble.

Saltanat Sapargaliyeva topscored with 13 points for Kazakhstan, with Kristina Belova adding 11 points. Chim Wing Lam led Hong Kong with only 8 points.

“Today game was quite easy and totally different from the Tuesday’s match against Thailand. We had a good match against Thailand as we got one set from them. Then my players stopped and we could not continue our best performance. Today, I am very glad that my team improved and reduced some mistakes and won this match. On Thursday, we will have a tough match against Vietnam. I hope my players will do their best to have a good chance to get through to the semi-finals,” Kazakhstan’s head coach Dzianis Matsveyeu commented after the match.

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