Turkey Snaps Two-Match Skid, Korea Bests Thailand in 4

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 05th, 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


Turkey def. Japan 3-1

  • Turkey defeated Japan 25-17, 25-23, 13-25, 25-11
  • Turkey moved to 7-3 (22 points); Japan moved to 4-6 (11 points)

Turkey kept pace with the top group in VNL play with a four-set win over Japan on Tuesday.

Turkey made its presence known early, jumping ahead 7-2 in the opening stanza. As Meryem Boz starred, the Turkish side nearly doubled its advantage to 13-4 and eventually closed out the win at 25-17 by her hand.

After falling behind 4-0 in Set 2, Turkey rallied to an 18-15 advantage behind Yuki Ishii and Meliha Ismailoglu. Ai Kurogo and Kanami Tasgiro provided answers for Japan, keeping things close, but in the end Boz delivered the deciding blow at 25-23.

Japan turned the tables in Set 3 building a 19-11 lead and cruising to a 12-point win at 25-13.

Turkey returned to form in Set 4, blasting out to an 11-4 advantage and never looking back.

Here are a few post-match reactions.

Japan captain Nana Isakawa: “Turkey started today with a lot of energy and we ended up losing to their aggressiveness. We lost our rhythm and that continued through the second and fourth set. So as a team, we need to start better and start with more energy against any team no matter who it is. Tomorrow, we will play against another Asian team, Korea, so we want to focus on that and start a new game.”

Turkey captain Eda Erdem: “We knew it was going to be a tough match today because Asian volleyball is really different from what we play in Europe. They had  many variations, were very good in defense, and they served very well. But in the fourth set, we entered the game more focused. We served well and had good blocking and floor defense. We are happy with this victory but we have to keep going. We have to play much better than today because tomorrow and the day after, we still  have two very important games. We have to win because we want to be in Nanjing, China for the finals.”


South Korea def. Thailand 3-1

  • South Korea defeated Thailand 25-16, 25-18, 20-25, 26-24
  • South Korea moved to 5-5 (14 points); Thailand moved to 2-8 (6 points)

Fourteen blocks and 20-point efforts by Jin Yang Hyo and Kim Yeon Koung helped Korea snap a four-match win streak on Tuesday.

Hyo tallied 21 points (12 kills, 7 blocks, 2 aces), while Yeon Koung added 20 (17 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace) in her first action since Week 2. Kim Heejin and Kim Su Ji followed with 10 and nine points respectively.

Korea outblocked Thailand 14-3 and scored 22 points on Thai miscues in the win. Thailand boasted a slight advantage in kills (54-42) and aces (6-5).

Ajcharaporn Kongyot (18), Onuma Sittirak (16) and Pleumjit Thinkaow (12) led the way for Thailand. Hattaya Bamrungsuk followed with eight points. Pimpichaya Kokram played in just one set, scoring two just two points. Kongyot tallied 16 kills and two aces, while Sittirak notched 14 kills and two aces. Thinkaow chimed in with 10 putaways and a team-best two blocks.

South Korea struck first, jumping out to an 8-4 advantage to open the match and carried the momentum to a 25-16 win. The Koreans boasted a four-point edge again in Set 2, but this time Thailand had an answer, staying close as Bamrunguk and Sittirak starred. In the end, however, hung on for the 25-18 win and the 2-0 lead.

Thailand overcame a 12-10 deficit in Set 3 and wrapped up the stanza on a 7-0 run to extend the match.

Set 4 saw the teams tied at 13-all before Thailand seized control and went up by three at 20-17. Yeon Koung downed three kills to put Korea back on top amidst a 4-0 run. The Thai side was not done yet, however, earning a set point try at 25-24, but eventually succumbing on a block by Jing Yang Hyo.

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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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