Japan, Thailand collide for the 19th AVC Asian Senior throne
FIGHT TO THE FINISH --- Japan and Thailand go on an all-out battle for the crown.
BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- Expect fireworks when Japan and Thailand clash for all the marbles Thursday in the winner-take-all championship round of the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
The rematch of the 2013 finale is slated at 5:30 p.m. and will air on a delayed basis at 6:30 p.m. on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23 and S+A HD Channel 166.
Meanwhile, the battle for 7th place between Philippines and Kazakhstan will air live starting 10:00 a.m.
Japan, unbeaten in six outings and is looking for its fourth title, clinched a spot in the championship after dethroning China, 25-17, 25-18, 25-18, in the semifinals while Thailand booked a return trip to the Finals after a third place finish two years ago with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, shocker over the Kim Yeonkoung-led South Koreans Wednesday night.
The battle for third place between China and Korea is set at 3:00 p.m. and will air at 8:30 p.m.
It is the second championship meeting of the two teams after Thailand won it all in 2013, sweeping Japan in the Finals.
But Japan, who last claimed the throne in 2007, will march into battle holding a huge momentum after winning all of its previous matches including a 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 26-24, demolition of Thailand in the quarterfinals classification round last Monday.
The Japanese squad has been unpredictable the whole tournament with anyone coach Kumi Nakada delivering for the former three-time champion.
Nakada sat out Sarina Koga, Erika Araki and gave Yurie Nabeya limited playing time in Japan’s win against China as Risa Shinnabe, Rika Nomoto and Mami Uchiseto delivered the goods for the Japanese side.
Koga had 26 points against Thailand while Araki and Nabeya each had 10.
Ajcharaporn Kongyot and Chatchu-on Moksri did most of the damage for Thailand in its win against the Koreans.
Kongyot finished with 17 points while the 17-year-old Moksri had 16 to help Thailand land its third Finals appearance after winning it all in 2009 and 2013. Three-time Best Setter winner Nootsara Tomkom tallied 42 excellent sets against Korea.
Moksri and Kongyot scored 20 and 19, respectively, against Japan.
The championship replay is on Saturday at 10:00 p.m., while the battle for the third place replay is at 8:00 p.m.
Relive the games of the Philippine team with replays in the next two weeks on S+A and S+A HD starting on Monday at 12:00 noon.
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