Japan, Thailand grab Pool F opening day victories
Mami Uchiseto scored against Chen Tzu-Ya of Chinese-Taipei.
BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- Japan and Thailand hurdled their respective rivals in the Pool F classification round to boost their chances of a good position the knockout crossover quarterfinals of the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship.
Japan defeated Chinese-Taipei, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20, while Thailand survived a five-set duel against defending champion China, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-12.
Both Japan and Thailand, slated to square off Monday at 3:00 p.m. for the pools top seeding in the quarterfinals, improved their carryover records to 2-0 each.
Haruyo Shimamuro and Yurie Nabeya scored 15 points each to lead the Japanese squad.
Thailand got 19 markers from Hattaya Bamrungsuk while Ajcharaporn Kongyot and Chatchu-on Moksri finished with 18 each.
Tzu-Ya Chen had 10 points for Chinese-Taipei while Jin Ye and Chen Pei Yan finished with 19 and 17 markers, respectively, for China.
Chinese-Taipei and China, which will face off Monday, fell to 0-2 records.
In Pool E, Kazakhstan turned back Vietnam, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20, for a 2-0 mark tied with 2015 runner-up Korea, which swept the Philippines, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.
This classification round will determine the placings of each of the two pools’ teams in the knockout crossover quarterfinals. Action in the quartefinals begins Tuesday.
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