Thailand played their below-par performance to brush off India 25-13, 25-21, 25-15, while Chinese Taipei fared well to outclass Iran 25-17, 25-16, 25-17.
“I’m glad that my team won this match against India, but not satisfied with their performance. It was far from impressive. The first-ball reception was below standard, while our attacking still lacked power and strength. If you play with this form, you can’t beat Chinese Taipei in the next round,” said Thai head coach Nataphon Srisamutnak.
“I think we still have many things to learn ahead of that crucial match. If possible, I would like my team to play in the final. History will repeat itself if we happen to beat China in the showdown as our senior women’s team did last month in the AVC Cup in Kazakhstan,” he added.
Meanwhile, the 9th-12th playoffs at the Ratchaburi Gymnasium saw Vietnam struggle to beat New Zealand 3-2 (25-22, 25-14, 22-25,20-25, 15-4) and Australia down Hong Kong 25-14, 25-9, 25-17.
In the 13th-16th playoffs, Sri Lanka beat Turkmenistan in straight sets 25-15, 25-17, 25-22 and Mongolia thrashed winless Kuwait 25-6, 25-2, 25-7.
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