Thailand will meet Japan in today’s final match of the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in the Philippines after winning Korea in yesterday’s semi-final match.
Thailand’s women volleyball team performed outstandingly in the first set, particularly Ajcharaporn Kongyot, with a brilliant start to capture the thrilling first set 25-20 win.
In the second set, determined Thailand remained strong with an exceptional performance of a trio of young talents in the team Chatchu-on Moksri, Pimpichaya Kokram and Ajcharaporn. The team beat Korea 25-20.
The Thai team remained in superb form, playing confidently to win the third set at 25-21.
With the victory over Korea, the world’s No.10 and the winner of gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games on their home soil in Incheon, Thailand will today go up against Japan, the team they had lost three times in a row within 30 days including two losses in the recent World Grand Prix.
Today’s final, which will start at 4.30pm Thailand time, will be the second showdown between Thailand and Japan in the top-tier Asian Championship.
In the 2013 final showdown in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand beat Japan to delight their boisterous home fans with their second Asian title. They had already claimed their historic crown in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2009.