THAILAND CRUSH HONG KONG IN ONE-SIDED BATTLE
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, May 20, 2018 – Hosts Thailand overwhelmed Hong Kong in a totally lop-sided battle 25-12 25-10 25-15 to seal their first victory at the 12th Asian Women’s U17 Volleyball Championship at the Nakhon Pathom Municipality Gymnasium on Sunday.
Chanoknan Sabaengban scored a team-high 17 points including 12 kills from 27 attempts for Thailand and 5 ace serves. Wong Wing Sze led Hong Kong with 6 points, all of them from attacks.
Thailand, fresh from winning the “Princess Cup” 20th South East Asian Women’s U17 Championship at the same competition venue here, dominated the first two sets, with the 181cm-tall Wiranyupa Inchan attacking the smaller blockers with her exceptional spikes for the easy 25-12 and 25-10 win. Confident of repeating the similar feat in the third set, Thai coach Chamnan Dokmai rested his best players and instead fielded those from substitutions. The rhythm still was with the host side. Taking the 20-12 lead for good , Thailand went on their attacks to capture the set 25-15 and match.
“It was a test of our team before playing a tough match against Chinese Taipei on Tuesday. I think everyone in my team played well and can be systematically replaced in anyone’s position. We are significantly improving. Since the U17 is the youngest age group competition, it’s very difficult to gain information of our rivals and see how far they have made in their performances. Although either side lose on Tuesday, I think both Thailand and Chinese Taipei stand a chance of facing each other again in the following rounds,” Chamnan commented.
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