Japan Snaps Three-Match Skid, Turkey Stays Among #VNL Top 5

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 06th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News


  • June 5-7, 2018
  • Nakhon Ratchasimam, Thailand | Korat Chatchai Hall (Capacity: 5,000)
  • Time Zone: Indochina Time (UTC +7)
  • World Rankings: #6 Japan, #10 Korea, #12 Turkey, #16 Thailand
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
5 Jun 15:05 Japan  1–3  Turkey 17–25 23–25 25–13 11–25 76–88
5 Jun 18:05 Thailand  1–3  South Korea 16–25 18–25 25–20 24–26 83–96
6 Jun 15:05 Japan  3–0  South Korea 25–22 25–14 25–20 75–56
6 Jun 18:05 Thailand  1–3  Turkey 20–25 28–30 25–18 19–25 92–98


Japan def. South Korea 3-0

  • Japan defeated South Korea 25-22, 25-14, 25-20
  • Japan moved to 5-6 (14 points); South Korea moved to 5-6 (14 points)

A strong service game and dominant hitting effort led by Yuki Ishii pushed Japan past South Korea on Wednesday, snapping a three-match skid for the Japanese.

The Japanese outserved Korea 6-1 and boasted a 10 kill advantage (36-26) in the victory. South Korea outblocked Japan 8-5.

Ishii notched a match-high 15 points, with 13 kills and two aces. Risa Shinnabe and Ai Kurogo downed eight kills apiece, while Mai Okumura added seven points with a team-best three aces, two blocks and two putaways.

Kim Yeon Koung, Yang Hyo Jin and Lee Jaeyeong managed eight points apiece to pace South Korea. Jaeyeong tallied a team-best eight kills, while Yeon Koung chipped in six kills and two blocks. Hyo Jin turned in a team-best four blocks and four putaways.

After a messy first set, Japan showed its dominance in Set 2, rolling out to an 8-2 lead. Ishii and Shinnabe teamed up to lead the squad to a 25-14 win.

Yeon Koung tried to rally her troops in Set 3, but Japan held on for a 25-20 victory and the match.

Here are some post-match reactions.

Japan coach Kumi Nakada: “I was very satisfied  with my team’s performance today. I am quite happy to see that my players could change their mindset from yesterday’s loss.  Korea are a very strong and tall team, so we had to play more aggressively. Tomorrow, we will play against the host team Thailand who are a very skilled team, but we will keep challenging ourselves and try to do our best.”

Korea captain Kim Yeon Koung: “Today our game was not really good and our opponents played really well. Personally, my reception was not stable and I sometimes shaked mentally. So next match I want to recover from my mistakes and have a really good game.”


Turkey def. Thailand 3-1

  • Turkey defeated Thailand 25-20, 30-28, 18-25, 25-19
  • Turkey moved to 8-3 (25 points); Thailand moved to 2-9 (6 points)

An all-around team effort and four double-digit scorers lifted Turkey to a four-set win over Thailand, keeping the team among the VNL Top 5.

Turkey overcame 31 errors by outdoing the Thai team in every other way: kills (49-41), blocks (13-9) and aces (8-5). Thailand stayed in the match by limiting its errors to 20.

Hande Baladin (17), Eda Erdem Dundar (15), Zehra Gunes (13), Meliha Ismailoglu (10) and Meryem Boz (9) all chipped in to lead Turkey to victory. Baladin downed a team-leading 16 kills, followed by Gunes, Erdem Dundar and Ismailoglu, who added nine, eight and seven respectively. Dundar also put up a team-best five blocks, while Ismailoglu and Boz chipped in three apiece. Gunes served up four aces, while Dundar added two. Boz took Set 4 off.

Chatchu-On Moksri and Pleumjit Thinkaow paced Thailand with 16 and 15 points respectively. Each turned in 13 kills, while Moksri put up three blocks and Thinkaow added two. Watchareeya Nunajam was next on the team with five points (2 aces, 2 bocks, 1 ace), while Pimpichaya Kokram managed five points, all on kills, in the first two sets. Hattaya Bamrungsuk played in just the fourth set as a substitute.

Turkey cruised to an 8-2 advantage in Set 1 and held off several Thai charges for a 25-20 win.

Gunes starred from the service line and Erdem provided the offense to give Turkey the edge in Set 2, but Thailand chipped away and earned their first lead of the match at 20-19. Down 24-23, Gunes came through with a kill to knot the score. A Baladin putaway gave Turkey its first set point try, but it would take three more attempts to close out the 30-28 victory.

Thailand turned the tables in Set 3, cruising to a 17-13 lead with help from Turkish miscues. A stuff by Malika Kanthong gave the Thai the 25-18 win.

Turkey returned to form in Set 4, jumping ahead 6-1, but Thailand rallied to go up 10-9. Gunes took over with strong serving and eventually capped the win with a block.

Here are some post-match reactions.

Turkey captain Eda Erdem Dundar: “Today’s game was really tough for us because Thailand, I believe, are one of the most difficult teams in the world. Their side-out attacks are really good and today we struggled to block them in every position. In the first two sets, we served well and did good attacks but in the third set we lost our rhythm and we couldn’t defend well. In the fourth set, we fought really well as a team, believed in ourselves, and eventually won the game. But of course, congratulations to the Thai team. They are great!”

Thailand coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul: “I think it was a good match for us today. Turkey did their homework well before playing against us. They served very well with powerful attacks in the first set which made it hard for us to defend. But we were able to play our own game, our combination plays in the second and third sets with which we scored many points. But in the fourth set they put pressure on us with their effective serving and they improved their defense and blocking. I hope my young players will gain good experience from today’s match. I am glad that some of our players were able to play with their own form today. We will try to make more efforts and reduce easy mistakes when we play against Japan tomorrow.”

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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