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THAILAND, CHINA, IRAN TOP POOLS, AS TEAMS FACE DAUNTING QUARTER-FINALS AT 6TH AVC CUP FOR WOMEN


Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, September 18, 2018 –  Thailand, China and Iran made a clean sweep in respective Pool A, B and C at the 6th AVC Cup for Women, as top eight teams have been confirmed for the Wednesday’s quarter-finals at the Chartchai Hall here.

Thailand, silver medallists at the recent Asian Games in Indonesia, proved too strong for Korea to power past the young rivals in straight sets 25-18 25-19 25-17 in their last Pool A encounter.

“In this match, we tried to work more on blocking. However, our communications between setter and spikers is still not that satisfying. We have to improve more on our attacks and defence, We next take on Australia, the team with tall and towering players. I think it’s good for us to learn how to play the tall players, especially those from Europe when we have to play them at the Word Championship. To replace veterans with young players in each set, I think it’s necessary that we send them when it’s fine time they can learn. If we happen to send them in critical moments, it will become pressure on them. We will try our best in the following matches. Our aim in this tournament is not with whom we will play, but it is the way we can learn from our own matches,” Thailand head coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul commented.

In Pool B, Vietnam avenged the first round 2-3 (22-25 28-26 30-28 16-26 15-12) loss in the Jakarta-hosted Asian Games to Chinese Taipei to overpower the battling oppositions in the 131-minute hard-fought five-set thriller in their last pool round-robin preliminaries.

The Pool C encounter between Iran and Australia saw the former brush off the latter in straight sets 25-17 25-22 25-20.

“We had a good game plan in this match against Australia and my players played according to the plan. We made a good rotation including the change of libero. I know that we have a different structure. We put pressure on them through our service. Fortunately, everything came for us. We played well in service. We will try our best again in the next match,” Iran head coach Javad Mehregan S commented after the match.

Meanwhile, the Philippines tasted their first win at the top-tier event after the newly-formed side pulled off a scintillating 3-1 (25-22  25-23 20-25 25-17) win over young Kazakhstan in another Pool C clash.

“As a coach, I’m so happy and proud. We lost two games and this is our first win. I just wish my girls the best of luck. This is a new team. They need more experience in such a high-level competition like this. For our target, we just need our players to gain more experience and stand a chance to play with strong teams like Thailand. We also aim for a higher target in the next SEA Games. To reach that high, we have to start now. It’s a long-term plan,” Philippines head coach Delos Santos Cesael commented.

At the end of pool round-robin preliminaries on Tuesday, Thailand captured the top spot in Pool A with 6 points from two straight wins, followed by Korea with 3 points from one win against one loss and Japan without any point from two straight losses.

China dominated Pool B with 6 points from two wins in a row, while Vietnam finished second in the pool with 2 points from one win against one loss and Chinese Taipei came in third place with just one point from two consecutive losses.

Iran had an unbeaten run in Pool C to top the pool with 7 points from three wins, while Australia finished second with 4 points from two wins against one loss. The Philippines (1-2) and Kazakhstan (0-3) came in third and fourth places with 5 and 2 points respectively.

After that,all participating teams have been classified up to their performances, with teams in Pool A being ranked R1, R2 and R3, teams in Pool B ranked R4, R5 and R6 and teams in Pool C ranked R7, R8, R9 and R10 respectively.

 

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Pool A: Thailand b Korea 3-0 (25-18 25-19 25-17)

Pool B: Vietnam b Chinese Taipei 3-2 (22-25 28-26 30-28 16-25 15-12)

Pool C: Iran b Australia 3-0 (25-17 25-22 25-20)

Pool C: Philippines b Kazakhstan 3-1 (25-22 25-23 20-25 25-17)

 

RANKING AFTER POOL PLAYS

R1 – Thailand

R2 – Korea

R3 – Japan

R4 – China

R5 – Vietnam

R6- Chinese Taipei

R7 – Iran

R8 – Australia

R9 – Philippines

R10 – Kazakhstan

 

MATCH SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

QUARTER-FINALS

11.00am: R3-Japan v R5-Vietnam

13.30pm: R2-Korea v R6-Chinese Taipei

16.00pm: R4-China v R7-Iran

18.30pm: R1-Thailand v R8-Australia

 

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