MALAYSIA OUTCLASS KIWIS 3-0 TO FINISH FIFTH AT “PRINCESS CUP”
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 17, 2018 – Malaysia exhibited a great form at the “Princess Cup” 20th Est Cola South East Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship after defeating New Zealand 25-23 25-11 25-20 to finish fifth at the Nakhon Pathom Sports Centre Gymnasium on Thursday.
Jia Tian Yong topscored Malaysia with 15 points for the team’s victory, while Irene Qi Min Siah added 14 points. Caitlin Studer led New Zealand with 11 Points.
The first set was a close battle when both teams played with the same level but the Malaysians took advantage of their rivals’ errors to claim the thrilling set 25-23.
Winning one set boosted their morale and Malaysia remained strong defensively to take a commanding 18-7 lead in the second set, thanks to their great serving and superb defense. Jia Tian Yong and Irene Qi Min Siah piled up points for the team and the Malaysians never looked back after that. They went on their brilliant attacks to take the easy set 25-11.
Their backs against the wall, New Zealand had nothing to lose in the third set as they upped the tempo to race to a 8-4 lead in the first TTO.
But the lead did not last long since Malaysia bounced back aggressively, making use of their powerful attacks and effective drop shots to seal the set 25-20, match and the fifth place.
“We played very well today and I hope they will learn a lot of things in the match,” Malaysia head coach Moh Hiong Kwong said after the match.
“We will next compete in the Asian Women’s U17 Championship next week. I also hope that they will play with this form or better form if possible. We are looking forward to a tough challenge from strong opponents in our group and hopefully we will finish with a good result.”
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