Koreans stay unscathed, clinch quarters top seed in Pool E
Mark Escarlote on Aug 14, 2017 04:00 PM
Kim Suji of South Korea saw action for the first time and dropped nine points in the squad's straight sets win against Kazakhstan.
BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- South Korea continued with its winning romp as it added Kazakhstan in its list of victims, 25-21, 26-24, 25-10, Monday to clinch the quarterfinals top spot in Pool E of the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena here.
The 2015 runner-up Koreans closed the classification round with a 3-0 carryover win-loss record and five straight victories overall in the tournament, dropping only one set.
Skipper Kim Yeonkoung scored 18 points coming off 15 kills, two kill blocks and an ace in a three-set action for Korea, which will take on Pool F’s no. 4 seed Chinese-Taipei in the knockout crossover quarterfinals on Tuesday.
But the easy win came at a high price after Yang Hyojin sustained a lower back injury late in the third frame with the match already decided. Hyojin was stretchered out of the court and is scheduled to undergo further tests.
Hwang Minkyoung had 12 points while Kim Suji saw action for the first time and finished with nine markers for Korea, which swept Philippines in the opening day of the classification round Sunday.
Kazakhstan landed at no. 2 spot and will face Pool F no. 3 defending champion China.
Yekaterina Zhdanova and Natalya Akilova had 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Kazakhs, which fell to 2-1 slate after defeating Vietnam Sunday.
In Pool F, Japan came back from a set down to take the no. 1 seed in the quarterfinals after beating Thailand, 22-25 25-20, 25-22, 26-24, for a 3-0 carryover record.
Sarina Koga uncorked 26 points anchored on 23 attacks while Risa Shinnabe finished with 16 for Japan, which will face the loser between Vietnam and the Philippines in the quarterfinals.
Thailand dropped to 2-1 carryover slate in the 2015 bronze medal winner's first loss in the tournament.
Chatchu-on Moksri got 20 markers while Ajcharaporn Kongyot had 19 points for the Thais.
Meanwhile, China outlasted Chinese-Taipei, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11, for a 1-2 card in Pool F.
Skipper Meng Ya Liu got 22 points while Ye Jin chipped in 19 for China.
Wei-Hua Wu scored 25 for Chinese-Taipei.
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