Saturday, April 24, 2010

RI women teams advance along with two men teams

Matheos Viktor Messakh, The Jakarta Post, Batam Fri, 04/23/2010 11:47 AM

Indonesia will be represented by two pairings each in the women’s and men’s divisions at the second round of the Asia-Pacific Beach Volleyball Tournament in Batam following Thursday’s group stages.
Ayu Cahyaningsiam and Eri Sri Susilowati secured a spot in the second round after defeating Malaysia’s Kuck Sea Yeng and Woo Ching Ru on Thursday 21-6, 21-8 in 40 minutes to finish runner-up in the pool C.
Previously, the duo defeated Hong Kong’s Wong Wai Fong and Wong Yuen Mei 2-1 and lost to Thailand’s Julalak Radarong and Maneerat Udomchavee 1-2 in Wednesday’s matches.
The Thai duo is undefeated in three matches and topped pool C.
As runner-up, the Indonesian duo will meet the third-placed team from either pool A, B or D, while the Thais face a relatively easier road as they play the fourth-placed team from either pool A, B or D. The drawing of lots for the single elimination round is held on Thursday night.
The pair follows in the footsteps of Indonesia’s Riris Irawati and Fitri Wijayanti, who also booked a place in the next round, although they will face the top team from another group following two defeats in the group stage.
After being defeated by New Zealand’s Micah Brown and Hannah Croad on Wednesday, the young Indonesian duo suffered another defeat to Thailand’s Prateep Kambut and Aunchalee Yansuwan on Thursday.
“They did not play very well and I think we play at the same level but we lost because we had less passion,” 20-year-old Fitri told The Jakarta Post.
Riris and Fitri still have another match against Australia’s Eliza Dean and Sarah Bataglene in the evening that will decided whether they finish third or fourth in pool D.
In the men’s division, Indonesia’s Koko Prasetyo and Andy Ardiansyah will have a relatively easy draw because as the pool B winners, they will play the runner up from either pool A, C, D, E, F, G or H. The draw is also held on Thursday night.
Another Indonesian duo, Jonathan Monim and Robertus Yanakaimu, also secured a spot in the elimination round although they were defeated by Thailand’s Sittichai Sangkhacot and Prathip Sukto 6-21, 16-21 on Wednesday.
The Indonesian duo finished second in pool A because there are only two team in the pool. They will play the winner of either group A, C, D, E, F, G or H.
Agung Santoso and Naci Subagya will have to wait for Thursday evening’s game to see whether they advanced to the next round.

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