Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 13, 2017 – In-form Thailand pulled off a convincing 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-9) victory over Hong Kong in their opening match at the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Saturday.
Cheered by over 1,000 spectators at the venue, Thailand, silver medallists at the previous edition two years ago in the Philippines, started strongly to take the first two sets 25-18, 25-12 without much trouble.
In the third set, Hong Kong tried hard to recover from the two sets down, but everything still went well for the host side. With their exceptional attacks and solid blocks, Thailand claimed the totally one-sided set 25-9.
Chatchu-on Moksri became the top scorer of Thailand with 14 points, while Pimpichaya Kokram added 10 points. Ho Kin Yiu led Hong Kong with only 10 points.
“My girls played nervously in the first set as this is their first big tournament. We tried to adjust ourselves in the following two sets and things got better. There are still some communication problems between the setter and attackers, so we will go back to train harder. We have yet to think how far we can go in this tournament, but we will try to win one match a time. Thanks to the Thai fans who cheered for us and we will try our best in this tournament,” Thailand’s head coach,Nataphon Srisamutnak said after the match.
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