HOSTS MYANMAR MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW AT ASEAN UNI GAMES TOURNAMENT
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, December 11, 2018 – Myanmar are assured of capturing the top spot in Pool B following their two consecutive wins in the 19th Asean University Games Volleyball Tournament at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium Hall B on Tuesday.
Fresh from beating Indonesia in straight sets on Sunday, the host side, strengthened by Ya Htike Wai, Khwe Char Maung and Do Mai Ne Ko, three of whom competed in this year’s Asian Games Volleyball Tournament in Indonesia, repeated the similar feat on Tuesday after brushing off Singapore in a one-sided battle 25-13 25-14 25-11.
With two wins in a row, Myanmar, as the Pool B winners, have already advanced to the semi-finals, where they are due to take on Pool A runners-up on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Thailand regained confidence and the pride lost to the Philippines in their opening Pool A match on Sunday as the defending champions pulled off a comfortable straight-set victory over Malaysia on Tuesday.
The convincing 25-14 25-12 25-21 win has improved the Thais’ win-loss ratio to 1-1 and kept their hopes to advance to the cross semi-finals alive. Following the Tuesday’s win, Thailand surged ahead the Philippines to stay atop the Pool A standing with similar 3 points.
However, trailing in second place in the pool, the Philippines still have an opportunity to get back to the top as they will play their second match against Malaysia on Wednesday. The encounter will decide the Malaysia’s fortunes. If they fail to make their mark and go down to the Philippines, Malaysia will miss the cut for the semi-finals and instead will fight it out in the 5th-6th playoff, leaving the Philippines and Thailand from Pool A to compete in the top four. Therefore, to enhance their chances of reaching the semi-finals, the Malaysians will have to play a must-win match against the Philippines on Wednesday.
In the women’s competition, reigning champions and hot-favourites Thailand overwhelmed Singapore, which breezed past Myanmar in straight sets, in a totally lop-sided encounter 25-10 25-16 25-5. The Thai team will play the host side in their final preliminary match on Thursday.
Only two matches will be contested on Wednesday, the final day of the men’s pool round-robin preliminaries. Malaysia will play the Philippines in the men’s Pool A, with Singapore taking on Indonesia in Pool B.
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