Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 16, 2017 – Thailand, powered by three national spikers including Chatchu-on Moksri and Pimpichaya Kokram, produced a magnificent come-from-behind 3-1 (24-26 25-21 25-10 25-10) victory over fast-improving Kazakhstan to win their first playoff match at the round of the last eight teams in the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Tuesday.
Against Kazakhstan, Thailand got off to a dismal start in the first set to trail 17-21. The home side tried to overcome their nervousness, but their form was still riddled with hasty unforced errors for the narrow 24-26 loss. However, cheered on lustily by drum-beating home fans, Thailand found their touch in the remaining three sets to win 25-21, 25-10, 25-10.
Chatchu-on Moksri scored a match-high 27 points including 25 kills from 60 attempts, with Pimpichaya Kokram adding 17 points including 3 ace serves. Aidana Oryntayeva led Kazakhstan with 9 points.
Thailand’s head coach Nataphon Srisamutnak commented “We started nervously in the first set and became more prone with unforced errors. After losing one set, we tried to improve on our reception and attacks. We sent in Ajcharaporn (Kongyot), who is highly-experienced and the team captain. She did a great job as she brought the team back on the right track. After winning the second set, I think we played a relaxed game and won the third and fourth sets comfortably. Against Chinese Taipei on Wednesday, I admit that an uphill task awaits us. However, if we play as we did in the last three sets against Kazakhstan, I’m still upbeat that we can beat them. However, we have to play more carefully with confidence and consistency.”
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