DETCHAWAT AND NUTTAWUT SHINE AS THAILAND POWER PAST MALAYSIA
Tabriz, Iran, July 3, 2018 – Spectacular performances from Detchawat Jaengsawang and Nuttawut Daengmanee led Thailand to an exceptional 25-19, 25-18, 25-16 victory over Malaysia to book their berth in the round of last eight teams at the 12th Asian Men’s U18 Volleyball Championship at Poursharifi Gymnasium on Tuesday.
The dynamic duo scored 16 and 11 points respectively as Thailand made it two in succession with straight sets. At the previous match, the Thai squad pulled off a straight-set win over Chinese Taipei in the pool plays.
It was a complete team effort for the revived Thailand, which also received tireless contributions from setter Sutthiphong Donlakkham and Suradech Khamhom, regarded by the coach as the pick of the bunch for the bright future of Thai Volleyball.
Malaysia were led by Joseph Qin Wen Liang (10 points). The Malaysians had a number of players struggling to make an impact, including Ahmad Bin Rasdi, who scored 8 points.
Thailand entered the court as the Pool B winners with one win over Chinese Taipei against one loss to Iran, while Malaysia had a better performance with three wins in a row (3-0). The difference between the duo which proved a cut among them was that Thailand were in Pool B and finished R4 at the end of the pool round-robin preliminaries, while the Malaysians topped Pool F to finish R16.
Thailand showed their dominance in the opening set 25-19. The match got a bit tough for Thailand in the second set as Malaysia changed tactics in an effort of staying on course. Thailand left Malaysia behind with two-point clear at 16-14 in the second TTO, stretching the lead to 22-16 to close out the set 25-18. The Thais played confidently and consistently in the third set for a comfortable 25-16 win.
“Before the match, we thought Malaysia are easy to beat, but when we got into the court, we found them a tough opponent. The Wednesday’s match is very serious and important for us because it will determine the ticket for the World Championship so we will try for it. Four of my players are ready to join the Thailand senior team in the future. They are very capable but I also made some substitutions today to give chances to all the players,” Thailand head coach Janewit Ocha-umphawan said.
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