Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 23, 2017 – Thailand kicked off their title defence campaign at the 29th South East Asian Games Women’s Volleyball Championship with scintillating 25-18 25-16 25-10 win over Indonesia at the MITEC Hall 11 on Wednesday.
Thailand, current world No16 and securing their second place at the recent Asian Senior Women’s Championship in Manila, Philippines, fielded a strong line-up led by veteran Pleumjit Thinkaow and young talents including Ajcharaporn Kongyot, Chatchu-on Moksri and Pimpichaya Kokram, while Indonesia were spearheaded by powerful Santini Manganang Aprilia.
Winning the first two sets with ease 25-18 25-16, Thailand stormed on in the third set, with Pleumjit and Hattaya Bamrungsuk taking turns producing thundering fast spikes and Ajcharaporn uncorking a barrage of powerful mid-court attacks which always went unanswered. The third set turned out to be a totally one-sided battle which was won 25-10 by the much stronger Thais.
Ajcharaporn Kongyot scored a match-high 14 points for Thailand including 9 kills from 24 attempts and 4 blocks. Pimpichaya Kokram led the Thai spiking with 10 kills, while Hattaya Bamrungsuk scored 8 kill blocks and 2 aces. Santini Manganang Aprilia led Indonesia with 14 points, 11 of them through her powerful attacks from 37 attempts.
Thailand will next take on Myanmar on Thursday, while Indonesia will face Myanmar on Friday.
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