Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 24, 2017 – Thailand made a clean sweep in Pool A on Thursday after mercilessly crushing Myanmar in a completely lop-sided battle 25-8 25-10 25-13 to storm into the semi-finals of the 29th South East Asian Games Women’s Volleyball Championship at the MITEC Hall 11.
Fresh from a scintillating 3-0 win over Indonesia in their opening match on Wednesday, Thailand rested their best players including Hattaya Bamrungsuk, Ajcharaporn Kongyot and setter Nootsara Tomkom in the first set against Myanmar, but the reigning and 12-time SEA Games champions remained strong with the likes of Chatchu-on Moksri, Pimpichaya Kokram and Wilavan Apinyaong.
Winning the first set effortlessly 25-8, Thailand made their players rotation in the second set, resting Chatchu-on, Pimpichaya and Pleumjit and sending in Ajcharaporn, Hattaya and Tapaphaipun Chaisri. Still, the Thai side proved too strong for the hapless Myanmar to take the next two sets with ease 25-10 25-13.
Ajcharaporn Kongyot scored 14 crucial points for Thailand including 12 kills from 14 attempts. Chatchu-on Moksri contributed 11 points including 9 kills, with Hattaya Bamrungsuk having 3 aces and Tichaya Boonlert and Tapaphaipun Chaisri collecting the similar 3 block points.
With straight two wins, Thailand claimed the top spot in Pool A and advanced to the semi-finals, where they are due to take on Pool B second place, either Philippines or Vietnam. Both teams will battle it out on Friday for the top spot in Pool B.
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