Thai spikers stun China to reach Asian final

Thai spikers stun China to reach Asian final

Women's volleyball side defeat 13-time champs to set up meeting with Japan on Sunday

Thai team members celebrate after their 3-1 victory over China at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul on Saturday. (AVF Photo)
Thai team members celebrate after their 3-1 victory over China at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul on Saturday. (AVF Photo)

SEOUL: Thailand stunned 13-time winners China on Saturday to advance to the finals of the 2019 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship in Seoul.

The Thai women will be seeking their third Asian title — they won previously in 2009 and 2013 — and a measure of revenge when they face Japan in the final on Sunday at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium in Seoul.

The match, which will be shown live on Thai Rath TV starting at 2pm, will be a replay of the 2017 final, which the Japanese won 3-2, when the last tournament was held in the Philippines.

Japan defeated South Korea 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 28-26) in their semi-final earlier on Saturday.

Saturday’s semi-final against China was a tightly contested four-set affair, won 3-1 (23-25, 25–22, 34-32, 25-23) by Thailand. Chatchu-on Moksri led all scorers with 28 points, followed by Onuma Sittirak. Yang Hanyu and Liu Yanhan each had 19 points for China in a gruelling match that lasted 2 hours and 25 minutes.


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