Women’s 2022 AVC Cup Blog
PRELIMINARY MATCH 2: AUSTRALIA def by CHINESE TAIPEI 2:3
After an epic five-set battle, Chinese Taipei emerged with a 3-2 win (23-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21, 15-6) over the Australian Women’s Volleyroos in Pool B of the preliminary round of the 2022 AVC Cup for Women.
Tuesday’s opening match at the Philsports Arena lasted 155 minutes, as each team fought for every ball in every play for a closely-contested match.
Australian Opposite Caitlin Tipping led all scorers on the board, tallying a massive 28 points in the loss.
Australia showed good rhythm going into the match, enabling Tipping from the wing. They were likewise reaping the benefits, and points off their opponents’ errors.
Chinese Taipei took to activating the middle attack on Kan Ko-Hui to try and surge forward. They set up Chang Li-Wen and Chen Tzu-Ya at the flanks.
The Australian side tried to line up their blocks better, given their height advantage, and seeing that their opponents were picking up their offensive pace.
Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei played more cohesively in transition, and they were extremely patient in recycling their plays. They tried to work off-the-block points in order to score against the tall line-up in front of them.
After over two hours of tight competition, Chinese Taipei came our victorious in the decider.
Australia will have a rest day on Wednesday and resume when they play Japan on Thursday, August 25 at 13:00 local time.
PRELIMINARY MATCH 1: AUS def by THA 3:0
Australia have played their opening game of the 2022 Women’s AVC Cup in the Philippines, facing Thailand in the Pool B clash on Monday evening.
Whilst the Volleyroos came into the match following a strong preparation tour in Vietnam, their Thai opponents had the upper-hand in the first match, securing the victory over Australia 3:0 (25-9, 27-25, 25-13).
The Aussies had a slow start in the opening set, before picking up the pace for a tight second set, scoring off several aces to narrowly lose the second 25-27. The World #14 Thai team didn’t allow the Aussies many opportunities in the third, and won the match in straight sets.
Thai opposite Pimpichaya Kokram led all scorers on the field, with 16 points (14 attacks and 2 service winners.
Volleyroos Opposite Caitlin Tipping delivered a total of 11 points, as the top scorer for Australia.
Australia will next play Chinese Taipei on Tuesday, August 23, at 13:00 local time (3pm AEST).
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