Thailand set the tempo of the match with their powerful serves. P. Nokyoong also sparkled from the backline and connected with her attacks. Hong Kong was not able to position themselves to respond to their opponents’ attacks, awarding an easy 25-9 win for Thailand in the first set.
The same account prevailed in the succeeding set. The Hong Kong girls were not able to receive the ball properly. Their haphazard offensive plays only proved futile as Thailand’s T. Wanatda posted a commanding presence at the net. She also connected with several kills at the middle to reiterate Thailand’s domination at the frontline. Hong Kong tried to change their predicament by fielding in players from the bench. The substitution did not pay off as Hong Kong continued to lag in terms of skill and strategy.
Hong Kong improved with their attacks in the final set, bringing their score closer to the opponents’. But they reverted to being prone to mistakes, only allowing the Thai side to pull away to 25-19.
J. Sasipaporn and P. Nokyoong stood out for the Thai side, with 14 points and 11 points respectively.
Thailand will face India on Saturday 1300h to contend the fifth place in the tournament.
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