Saturday, April 24, 2010

Koko, Andy spike their way into second round

Matheos Viktor Messakh, The Jakarta Post, Batam Thu, 04/22/2010 11:34 AM

Indonesia number one beach volleyball pair Koko Prasetyo and Andy Ardiansyah put on a good show to outlast Adam Blackburn and Casey Grice of Australia in the first round of the Asia-Pacific Beach Volley Ball Tournament in Batam on Wednesday. The tandem, ranked 31st in the world, needed 43 minutes to stop the Australians with 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) and went directly through to the second knock-down round as there were only two teams in the pool.
Even with the local crowd cheering support, the Australians dominated the game from the start with one or two points ahead, and only gave the change to Koko and Andy to equalize at 11-11, 14-14, 16-16 and 18-18.
Later, two blocks by Andy gave a morale boost to the Indonesians before a spike form Koko closed the first game 21-19. A spike from Andy ended the second set contest at 20-18.
“They had a strong serve, so we needed some time to anticipate their play,” Koko told The Jakarta Post after the game.
“That’s why we were trailing in the first set. But when we learned that they were not as good in defense, we were able to control the game,” he said.
Andy/Koko won a gold medal in the 2007 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games before going on to win at the inaugural Asian Beach Games in Bali last year.
Earlier on Thursday, Indonesian juniors Jonathan Monim-Robertus Yanakaimu surrendered to Thailand’s Sittichai Sangkhachot-Pratip Sukto 21-6, 21-16.
In the women draw, Indonesia’s Ayu Cahyaning Siam-Eri Sri Susilowati survived a first-set loss to defeat Hong Kong’s Wong Fai Wong-Wong Yuen Mei with 19-21, 21-5, 15-8.
In a previous match, Indonesia’s Riris Irawati and Fitri Wijayanti were defeated by New Zealand’s Micah Lindsay Brown and Hannah Croad 2-0 (21-19,21-16).
“In each set, Riris and Fitri made a lot of mistakes they should have not made, especially in their spike. This should not have happened, they were supposed to be consistent,” Indonesian coach Slamet Mulyanto told the Post.
The New Zealanders were happy with the results.
“It’s really important to come first in your pool, because otherwise when you are through to the next round you’ll face a very hard team. But if you can win your pool, you have an easier team. Our goals is to be number one in our pool,” Brown told the Post after the game.
“We really wanted to win, and our serving and diving is better and stronger,” he said.
“I know they play quite well. They are lovely people, so it’s hard when you play people you like,” Brown said of Riris and Fitri.
The first day of the tournament featured 12 macthes in women divisions and 10 matches in men’s.

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