Kazakhstan women trounce ailing Australia 3-0 in Asian Championship
Tianjin, China, May 22, 2015 – Kazakhstan displayed its supremacy over troubled Australia to post a 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-17) victory in Pool D of the preliminary round of the 18th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship at the TPJU Stadium on Friday.
Australia, which headed to the match against fifth-seeded Kazakhstan with hopes of proving they can hold their own against the best teams in the region, ended with an unsatisfactory result as they missed their key players, libero Rebecca Walter and opposite Phoebe Bell, who both succumbed to illness on that day. Bell did not suit up for the match, while Walter somehow managed to get on the court.
Another sad blow to their hopes is the injury that Hannah Ross suffered during the match, that left the Volleyroos playing in patches of good volleyball, but lacking the depth to sustain pressure on their Central Asian opponents.
Australia settled third in the pool and will face a fight for places ninth to 12th in the classification phase.
Australia will face Sri Lanka on Saturday in the next step towards a potential top ten finish. Should the Australians regain composure and succeed in the remaining matches, a ninth place finish would be a repeat of their result from two years ago.
Meanwhile, in other matches, China and Thailand have kept their win-loss tables clean as they sealed straight-set victories over Iran and Sri Lanka in Pools A and B, respectively.
Vietnam are on top of Pool C with three victories, while Korea are perched up high in Pool D rankings after defeating the Philippines in straight sets on Friday. Chinese Taipei were also winners with a straight-set victory over Hong Kong in Pool B, while India enjoyed a win by default over Fiji, which withdrew prior to the start of the tournament.