Manila, Philippines, August 10, 2017 – Unlike their first day showing, Chinese Taipei was razor sharp from start to finish as they made a quick work of Maldives, 25-9, 25-8, 25-10 at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday here.
Chinese Taipei hope the momentum brought by their second win can give them boost to take down powerhouses Thailand on Friday for a shot to top Pool D.
“Basically today is for players to adjust their rhythm and the tempo and play smoother,” said head coach Lin Min-Hui through the team translator moments after their game held at Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
With Chinese Taipei simply dominating the lowly Maldives side, the coach had the luxury to give team captain and ace spiker Chen Wan-Ting ample rest as they brace for their heavyweight match-up against the Thais.
After collecting 14 points in their 4-set victory over Iran, the skipper Chen mostly spent her time at the back of the bench doing stretch bands workout while watching her teammates finish the job on the court.
She did see action though in the second set where she scored 3 points.
“She just finished recovering from an operation,” bared Lin. “She’s resting for about a year and now she’s recovering gradually and maybe she’s just gaining 70% of her strength back but we hope she can gain more.”
Chen Tzu-Ya took the scoring cudgels, dropping 13 points built on 8 kills, 4 service aces, and a block.
Chinese Taipei face the heavy favourites Thailand on Friday at the Alonte Sports Arena.
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