ALL DAY 3 MATCHES AT ASIAN MEN’S U18 CHAMPIONSHIP END IN STRAIGHT SETS
Tabriz, Iran, July 1, 2018 – Formidable Korea breezed past China in a lop-sided battle, while Thailand, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka stole the limelight on the final day of the pool round-robin preliminaries of the 12th Asian Men’s U18 Volleyball Championship on Sunday.
Turkmenistan spent 73 minutes in ousting Qatar 25-13, 25-22, 25-14 in Pool F, with Rasul Kuvandykov scoring a team-high 12 points including nine blocks for the winning side.
“We were not strong, but the opponents did act so weak. They were not good at reception, while we performed well on our service. I joined the team three days ago and I need to spend more time to get the helm of the players”. Mansoor Jazideh, coach of Turkmenistan, stated.
Having lost the opening match against Iran, Thailand refreshed their power and seized the opportunity to be standout in a tough match against Chinese Taipei for a hard-fought 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 win in Pool B.
Thailand received strong efforts from their players, including Nuttawut Daengmanee (14 points) and Detchawat Jaengsawang (10 points).
“We reduced our mistakes in this match. We were good at our digs, attacks and blocks. On Saturday, we watched the match of Chinese Taipei against Iran which helped us improve our fortunes today”, Thailand head coach Janewit Ocha-umphawan said.
The match between Kazakhstan and Oman saw the former overcome their sluggish start to cruise past the latter in dramatic three sets 25-23, 36-34, 25-19.
Ilya Chekurskov pumped his fist to collect 19 crucial points for Kazakhstan, which struggled to beat Oman. Oman’s Majid Abdallah Ali Al-Shibli top scored with 28 points, mostly through powerful hits.
Kazakhstan head coach Sereget Safronov said: “It was a really tough match. We were trying to win the match to get a better ranking. I am satisfied with my players as they showed insistence and resistance in this match.”
In the Pool C encounters, Sri Lanka had a little problems in brushing off Australia 25-20, 25-21, 26-24 highlighting the spectacular spikes from Chamath, who emerged as the best scorer with 19 points.
At conclusion of the pool round-robin preliminaries on Sunday,Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, and Iran finished top six teams and will rest on Monday, while the lower-ranked sides will contest the classification playoffs. Only the winning teams on Monday will go up against the top six teams the following day.
At Poursharifi Gymnasium
Pool B: Thailand b Chinese Taipei: 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21)
Pool F: Turkmenistan b Qatar: 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 25-14)
Pool A: Korea b China: 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-17)
At Shahid Aghdami Hall
Pool D: Kazakhstan b Oman: 3-0 (25-23, 36-34, 25-19)
Pool C: Sri Lanka b Australia: 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 26-24)
July 2 (Day 4)
Australia (R8) v Turkmenistan (R17)
India (R10) v Uzbekistan (R15) – This match will not be held as Uzbekistan withdrew
Qatar (R18) v Sri Lanka (R7)
Kazakhstan (R11) v New Zealand (R14)
Hong Kong (R9) v Malaysia (R16)
Oman (R12) v Pakistan (R13)
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