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Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, December 11, 2018 – Reigning champions Thailand suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the Philippines in hard-fought three-setter 28-30 23-25 19-25 in the men’s curtain-raisers of the 19th Asean University Games Volleyball Tournament at Wanna Theikdi Indoor Stadium Hall B on Sunday.

The 2018 Asean University Games is a South East Asian university multi-sports event which is being held for the first time in Myanmar from December 8 to 19. Volleyball is one of the 17 sports disciplines being contested in the Nay Pyi Taw Games between December 9 to 14.

A total of six countries are taking part in the men’s event, divided into two pools of three teams apiece for the pool round-robin preliminary round. Only top two teams from each pool in the preliminaries will advance to cross semi-finals, with Pool A winners next taking on Pool B second place and Pool B winners playing Pool A runners-ups. The two teams finishing third in each pool will fight it out in the 5th-6th playoff match.

Pool A comprises Thailand, which powered past Indonesia 3-1 in the final showdown to reign supreme in the previous Games two years ago in Singapore, the Philippines and Malaysia, while Pool B consists of Singapore, Indonesia and hosts Myanmar.

In the women’s competition, only three teams will vie for the top honour. Defending champions Thailand, Singapore and hosts Myanmar will be pitted against one another in the single round-robin preliminaries, with only top two teams setting up a revenge rematch in the final showdown.

On Sunday, the very first day of the volleyball competition, hot-favourites Thailand did not live up to the fans’ expectations when the title-holders amazingly went down to the Filipinos, who took bronze medal at the previous edition in Singapore, in action-packed three-set encounter 28-30 23-25 19-25. Thailand are due to next play Malaysia on Tuesday, while the Philippines will go up against Malaysia on Wednesday.

The other men’s encounter saw hosts Myanmar make much of the impact following their exceptional 25-18 25-16 25-19 win over Indonesia, silver medallists at the previous episode in Singapore. The host side will next take on Singapore on Tuesday.

In the women’s event, Singapore stunned hosts Myanmar in straight sets 25-15 25-15 25-23 to taste their first victory in the six-day competition. On Tuesday, Singapore are due to challenge powerhouses Thailand.


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