Korea, Thailand sweep respective pools
Kim Suji of Korea penetrates an attack against the late block attempt of Vietnam's Thuy Tran Thi Thanh.
BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- Korean star Kim Yeongkoung finally saw action after sitting out in their first two games as Korea completed a sweep of Pool C with a 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22, win over Vietnam Friday in the 19th SMM Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
Kim Yeongkoung, who skipped Korea’s back-to-back sweep of New Zealand and Sri Lanka for an extended rest after participating in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, checked in off the bench in the fourth set and scored five for Korea, which closed the first round with 3-0 win-loss record.
Yang Hyojin had 15 points off 10 attacks, three kill blocks and a pair of aces for Korea. Kim Heejin and Kim Suji finished with 12 each for the 2015 runner-up Koreans.
Park Jeongah had 10 for Korea.
Vietnam dropped to 2-1.
Thuy Tran Thi Thanh pounded 22 kills in her 25-point performance while Hue Pham Thi Kim and skipper Hoa Nguyen Thi Ngoc had 12 markers each in a lost cause.
Korea and Vietnam will advance in Pool E and will face Philippines and Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals classification round.
Thailand also swept the four-nation Pool D with a straight sets 26-24, 25-14, 25-15, victory against Chinese-Taipei.
Chatchu-on Moksri had 20 markers to lead the 2015 bronze medalists.
Chinese-Taipei absorbed its first loss in three games.
Wan-Lin Tseng was the only Taiwanese player in double figures with 11.
Thailand and Chinese-Taipei will face Japan and the winner between defending China and Australia in Pool F in the quarterfinals classification round.
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