Wednesday, April 5, 2017

🏐 SMM 11th Asian Boys U19 Volleyball Championship 2017

The SMM 11th Asian Boys  U19  Volleyball Championship 2017 was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from March 28 to April 5. Eleven (11) countries took part of the tournament which was divided into four pools. Aside from host Myanmar in Group A, Thailand also took part in this competition and was group in Pool C.

(Draw Results of the 11th Asian Boys U19 Volleyball Championship 2017)

Myanmar's first match was against Hong Kong. They easily defeated Hong Kong in three straight sets, 25-15, 25-17, 25-15. While their last match for Pool A preliminary was against Australia. All sets were tight-close except for the 4th set. The host proved that they were very prepared as they defeated the Australian team 3-1 sets - 25-23, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22.
Thailand on the other hand had different fate in pool C. They won their first game against Sri Lanka, 25-10, 25-15, 25-23 but they lost their second game against 2014 silver medalist Japan, 21-25, 17-25, 18-25.

Both teams were to advance for the quarter finals but needed to go thru the qualification round for seeding.
Myanmar U19 Team
In the qualification round, Myanmar and Thailand collided on the first day of April after a one day rest. Thailand defeated host Myanmar in a commanding 3-set win, 27-25, 25-18, 25-23.
The next day of competition saw both team competed against Japan and Australia. Japan out-powered host Myanmar in 3 sets, 25-15, 25-9 and 25-16. While the team from down under disposed Thailand in 3-1 sets, 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17.
After the qualification round, Thailand was seeded second in Pool E to face seeded 3 in pool F which is Iran while Myanmar was seeded fourth to face  pool F top seeded Korea. Both did not advance to the semifinals as Thailand and Myanmar suffered defeats in three straight sets in the quarter-finals. Korea defeated Myanmar, 25-11, 25-14, 25-12 while Iran defeated Thailand 25-16, 25-19 and 25-19.
Thailand U19 Team
Both Thailand and host Myanmar were relegated in 5th-to-8th places and faced each other for the second time. And again, it was Thailand who emerged victorious in a three setter match. Thailand outscored Myanmar, 25-15, 25-18, and 25-17.

In the final day of competition, Thailand faced Chinese Taipei for 5th place. The Chinese team defeated Thailand with scores 25-21, 25-23, and 25-21. Thailand settled for 6th place overall.
For 7th place battle, host Myanmar played against Australia. Unfortunately, Myanmar suffered another defeat as they surrendered to Australia, 14-25, 23-25, 19-25. Myanmar landed in 8th place overall.  
At the end of the competition, Japan won the championship title against Korea in a 3 straight sets while China got the bronze medal or third place beating Iran.

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