THAILAND STUN VIETNAM AND THEIR HOME FANS WITH COMEBACK 3-1 WIN
Bac Ninh, Vietnam, June 10, 2018 – Thailand silenced Vietnamese fans with a magnificent come-from-behind 3-1 (24-26 25-21 25-17 25-21) victory over the host side to register their first win at the 19th Asian Women’s U19 Volleyball Championship at the Bac Ninh Gymnasium here on Sunday.
Thanacha Sooksod’s 16 points including 9 kills from 35 attempts gave Thailand a successful comeback, while Tichakorn Boonlert and Wiranyupa Inchan contributed 12 and 10 points respectively for the winning teams. Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen led Vietnam with 15 points.
Vietnam, powered by hard-attacking Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen and fast spiker Pham Thi Cam Linh, used an home crowd advantage to take the comeback win 26-24 in the first set. Thailand led initially 23-21, but Vietnam, boosted by the cheering fans, fought back to tie the score 24-all before Wiranyupa’s spike went wide and another spike by Thanacha was blocked effectively.
Conceding one set, Thailand upped their tempo in the second set. With Thanacha, Saowapha Soosuk and Wiranyupa taking splendid offensive combinations, the formidable visitors found their rhythm to take the second and third sets win 25-21 25-17.
Vietnam still had enough in the tank and mounted a strong challenge in the fourth set, but Thailand carried out good serves and attacked devastatingly to win the set 25-21 and mach.
“We did not learn before how the Vietnamese tactics would be till we played them. That’s why we tried to learn from the mistakes we made in the first set and after that, we started to read their game well and learned how to cope with their tactics. We next take on Japan. Our game remains unchanged. A few players in Japan team are small, but many in my team are tall.
“We have to see how well we can come up with blocking, attacks and counter-attacks. However, I admit that it’s very difficult to overcome their blocking. Their setter is also talented and she can set for spikes from any position. I’m happy with my players’ performance, especially their blocking, I think that although we are likely to go down to Japan in the Monday’s match, we still have a chance of beating China. Finishing second or third in our Pool A is still okay since we are assured of advancing to the next round.” Thailand coach Chamnan Dokmai commented after the match.
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