Thailand outlasts South Korea 3-2 to enter Asian Cup finals

08:22, September 25, 2010      

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Asian Championship title holder Thailand outlasted South Korea 3-2 on Friday and advanced into the final of the 2010 women's volleyball Asian Cup.

With the 27-25, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25 and 15-11 victory, Thailand clinched their first berth of the final in the Asian Cup history.

In the tiebreaker, two teams struggled from 1-1 to 5-5 before Thailand scored two points in a row by Sittirak Onuma and Apinyapong Wilavan to lead at 7-5. With Onuma continuously provided firing on the net, Thailand steadily pulled within 14-11 when Onuma tore open the defense of two blockers to seal the victory in the marathon match.

South Korea started well in the opening set, jumping to 22-18 lead with a 6-0 run, while Thailand immediately answered with three straight points to tie it at 24-24. Then it was hotly contested until Thailand used a 3-0 run to clinch the opener, Thinkaow Pleumjit provide all three points by Thailand.

The second set was quite similar, but the victory side went to South Korea. Led by Kim Yeon-koung, South Korea used a 4-0 run capped by a spike of Kim to claim the second set win by 25-22.

Both sides continued to play see-saw game in the third and fourth set, as two teams took on set win each and tied at 2-2 all after four sets.

Earlier on Friday, Kazakhstan clean swept Vietnam 3-0 for their first win at the tournament.

Source: Xinhua


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