Southeast Asian Games
- Badminton Stadium Cheras
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Aug. 19-30, 2017
Defending champion Thailand finished group action at 3-0 on the men’s side, capping play with a sweep of Malaysia. Vietnam, the 2015 runner-up, fell to Indonesia in the Pool B action, although both squads already boast spots in the semifinals.
Men’s preliminary action will wrap up with the lower tier teams facing off on Friday: Cambodia vs. Myanmar and Timor-Leste vs. Philippines. All four squads have already been eliminated from semifinal contention.
On the women’s side, Thailand moved to 2-0, while the Philippines managed a win in its first match of the tournament.
Men’s Pool A
Thailand def. Malaysia 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 32-30)
Thailand cemented its spot atop Pool A with its third straight sweep. The victory came even as the side sat out its top three players on and off throughout the match.
Despite resting Hattaya Bamrungsuk, Ajcharaporn Kongyot and setter Nootsara Tomkom in the first set, the Thai team blazed to a 25-8 win. Kongyot managed 14 points over the next two sets, including 12 kills. Chatchu-on Moksri added 11 points, including nine kills in two sets of work.
Men’s Pool B
Indonesia def. Vietnam 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-20)
Indonesia pushed ahead late in the first set and held on for the 26-24 win, then crushed the Vietnam with strong efforts by Rivan Nurmulki and Rendy Febriant Tamamilang in the next two stanzas.
The victory gave Indonesia the top spot in Pool B, setting up a semifinal meeting with the runner-up of Pool A, which is yet to be determined.
Vietnam must now face Pool A winner Thailand in the semifinals.
Women’s Pool A
Thailand def. Myanmar 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-16)
Ten-time defending champion Thailand continued its domination of SEA Games play with its second straight sweep, this time downing Myanmar.
Women’s Pool B
Philippines def. Malaysia 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-16)
In its first match without injured libero Denden Lazaro, the Philippines made short work of Malaysia. Lazaro pulled her hamstring in an exhibition match earlier this month.
Jaja Santiago led the way with 13 points for the Philippines, followed by Abigail Marano. Mei Cing Low scored a match-high 15 for Malaysia.
The Philippines dominated the stat sheet, outdoing their foes 43-17 in kills and 12-8 in aces, while both sides managed seven blocks.