Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 13, 2017 – Malaysia proved too strong for New Zealand to power past the unfencied rivals in comfortable straight sets 25-23, 25-12, 25-12 to taste their first win at the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Saturday.
The first set became a tight battle which saw both teams trade points by points from the start to the near end of the set, but the Malaysian girls played much better in crucial moments to take the hard-fought affair 25-23. Malaysia then got on fire to take the remaining two sets 25-12, 25-12.
Low Mei Cing became a backbone of Malaysia as she scored a match-high 13 points consisting of 12 kills and one ace serve. Ngin Jia Ning and Wong Wee Yan added 6 points each. Anillise Fitzi led New Zealand with 7 points.
“It was our first match of the tournament, so my players got nervous in the opening set. We missed so many points on reception.Then we regrouped and adjusted something with our game plan. My setter played well and my players’ confidence was boosted in the next two sets,” Malaysia’s head coach Dato Moh Wung Ming said.
Malaysia will next take on Iran in their preliminary second match in Pool D on Sunday.
“I have yet seen Iran play, but I think it is not going to be an easy game for sure. We have to go out there and play our best tomorrow,” he added.
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