PRESS RELEASE 14.04.2004


Asian Tour Beach Volleyball Thailand leg - Songkla Day I

Songkla, Thailand, - April 14, 2004 - Defending champions Kamolthip Kulna and Jarunee Sannok from Thailand advanced to the last eight of the women's draw of the Samila Asian Beach Volleyball Tour second leg after grabbing two straight wins on the opening day on Wednesday on Samila Beach.

Kamolthip and Jarunee, who finished fourth in last week's Loma Asian Tour Beach Volleyball first leg, trounced Japan A's Yuko Nakabayashi and Hisako Oda 21-9 21-15 before booking a quarterfinal berth with their second win over arch-rivals Phan Thi Cam Hong and Mai Thi Hoa of Vietnam, whom the Thai duo beat in last December's SEA Games in Vietnam, 21-17 19-21 15-9.

Kamolthip and Jarunee took the first set as the Vietnamese slackened off in defense early before Hong and Hoa got their game going in the second. However at 1-1 the home side rediscovered top gear to clinch victory and top pool D with four maximum points.

"It was all about our mistake again," Kamolthip said. "We shouldn't have lost points like that. We saw each other's eyes after the ball dropped between us many times. We need to work harder together otherwise when we meet stronger teams like China, we'll be out played again."

In the men's draw, two Thai teams secured their place in the last 16 after grabbing two straight wins on Wednesday.

Thai A's Sonthi Bunrueang and Apichart Bualuang beat Hong Kong B's Cheung Hoi Ying and Lam Fuk Chi 21-13 21-11 and Vietnam's Pham Chien Thang and Pham Ba Chung 21-17 19-21 15-11.

Thai B's Thiti Thanapongsathon and Borworn Yungthin also made their way to the last 16 by beating Iran B's Parviz Farrokhi and Kiya Shoushtarizadeh 21-17 21-9 and New Zealand B's Mike Peters and Brendon Heath 21-19 21-18.