Thailand, Chinese-Taipei, Japan clinch quarterfinals seats
Thailand secured a quarterfinals berth and a ticket to the 2018 AVC Asian Women's Volleyball Cup.
BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- Thailand and Chinese-Taipei completed the quarterfinals cast in Pool D of the 19th SMM Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday.
Chatchu-on Moksri banged in 12 kills in her 13-point outing to lead the Thais past Iran, 25-18, 25-12, 25-16, at the Alonte Sports Arena here for a 2-0 win-loss record tied with Chinese-Taipei in their bracket.
Hattaya Bamrungsuk had nine markers while Wipawee Srithong finished with eight for the Thais, who claimed its second straight win in a sweeping fashion despite sitting out skipper Pleumjit Thinkaow.
“I’m so happy today and I think we did better today than yesterday,” said veteran Wilavan Apinyapong, who got four points off the bench in two sets of action.
Maedeh Borhani Esfhani scored seven to lead Iran.
Chinese-Taipei joined Thailand in the quarterfinals and also punched a ticket in the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup after rolling past Maldives, 25-9, 25-8, 25-10, in their match held at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
Tzu-Ya Chen played only two sets but still ended up with 13 markers for Chinese-Taipei, which defeated Iran in four sets 25-15, 25-27, 25-17, 25-20 Wednesday.
Thailand, which finished thir in the 2015 edition of the tournament in Tianjin, China, and Chinese-Taipei lock horns Friday for the pool’s top seeding heading into the second round at 3:00 p.m.
Newcomer Maldives absorbed its second straight whipping after suffering a 5-25, 12-25, 9-25, defeat at the hands of Thailand Wednesday.
Aminath Areesa scored three points for Maldives, which will take on Iran at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Muntinlupa venue.
Meanwhile, Japan secured a quarterfinals berth in Pool B after defeating defending champion China, 25-14, 25-17, 26-24.
Sarina Koga, Risa Shinnabe and Rika Nomoto scored 13 points each for Japan, which swept its bracket after taking down Australia 25-19, 25-14, 25-8, in the opener Wednesday.
Ye Jin led China, which fielded a different squad from the previous team that won it all, with 10 points while Xiao Qing Cai and Rui Lei Huang finished with nine each.
China and Australia battle for the last quarters berth in their bracket on Friday at Muntinlupa.
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