AUSSIES CLAIM 9TH PLACE AFTER EDGING PAST KIWIS IN ALL-OCEANIA BATTLE
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 27, 2018 – Australia produced a magnificent come-from-behind 3-2 (11-25 25-13 23-25 25-13 15-12) victory over New Zealand to finish 9th place at the 12th Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Municipality Gymnasium on Sunday.
It was Australia’s repeated feat over the same rivals as Aussies had already beaten New Zealand 3-1 in their pool plays earlier. Both teams competed in the “Princess Cup” 20th South East Asian Women’s U17 Championship at the same competition venue here, but did not meet. Australia finished 4th at the SEA Championship, with New Zealand in 6th position.
Alissa Kinkela scored a match-high 35 points for Australia including 27 kills from 55 attempts, reportedly the highest points one play can score so far in this championship, while Annelies Jones contributed 19 points including 15 attacks. Emilia Shearer led New Zealand with 19 attacks.
Australia’s efforts in this championship was a below-par success which they made in the previous edition two years ago in Chongqing, China. There, Australia returned with the 7th position, with New Zealand in 8th place overall.
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