Manila, Philippines, August 13, 2017 – Kazakhstan bucked their slow start Sunday to turn back Vietnam in four sets 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20 in the top 8 playoff encounter at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena.
In a match scheduled at 10am local time, an underwhelming opening frame is exactly what Kazakhstan team captain Radmila Beresneva expected.
“It was too early for us,” Beresneva admitted in an interview. “We are happy with the win today. It was hard for us to get it. The first set we had problems in receive and service.”
The adrenaline eventually kicked in for the Kazakhs as they dominated Vietnam in the blocking department, 12-4, with Beresneva, Yekaterina Zhdanova,Katerina Tatko and Alessya Safronova combining for a massive 62-point output.
Vietnam are the latest addition to Kazakhstan’s list of victims which includes Hong Kong and the Philippines.
What lies ahead, however, will put the squad’s 3-0 record to their toughest challenge yet in a match-up against powerhouse Korea.
“We played against Korea in the Grand Prix and we lost. We will try harder this time to get a win,” shared Beresneva.
Unfortunately for Kazakhstan, Korea’s star player Kim Yeon-koung, who sat out her team’s first two matches, finally saw action against Vietnam last Friday.
Asked about how they plan to stop Kim’s rampage, Beresneva closed by saying: “We’ll see tomorrow.”
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