Surabaya, Indonesia, July 26, 2017 – Thailand recovered from one-set down 23-25 to Hong Kong to take the remaining three sets 25-8 25-19 25-21 for their first win at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship at the Tri Dharma Petrokimia Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Both sides have yet won a match at the nine-day championship, going down to Australia and China in Pool D to be relegated to the 9th-16th classification round. The Wednesday’s match was the duo’s last preliminary encounter to seek a better position in their classification.
Going down in close first set 23-25, Thailand replaced hard-attacking Jirayu Raksakaew with Kitsada Somkane in the second set, while Mawin Maneewong took charge in setting in place of veteran Saranchit Charoensuk for the whole match. Thailand made their mark in the second set to overwhelm Hong Kong in a totally lop-sided battle 25-8. Coming up with consistency and confidence, Thailand started to produce the goods since then to win the third and fourth sets 25-19 25-21 and match.
Kittisak Saengsee led Thailand with massive 25 points including 22 kills from 41 attempts. He also claimed additional 3 points through his kill blocks. Chan Alex Chi Wai topscored 11 points for Hong Kong, all from his sharp cross-court spikes.
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