Asian Youth Men's Champs 2017 - Aus Game 4

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Asian Youth Men's Champs 2017 - Aus Game 4

April 04, 2017, 11:29 AM AEST

Match 4 - Australia versus Thailand


11th Asian Boys U19 Volleyball Championship – Myanmar 2017


AUS def THA 3:1 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 25-17
Today the 99-00 AUS Youth team played their forth match of the Asian U19 Championships. What a difference a day makes!!! After a session of soul searching last night, the young AUS team came out today with a new attitude and confidence against a strong and dynamic THA team. However, with a strong game plan, team AUS controlled the match well.


Set 1
Starters (and points scored): Lyndon(0), Fathers(3), Hill(2), Nix(5), Takken(2), McBean(1), Fountotos(Libero). Substitutes (and points scored): Heptinstall(3), Sting(0), Mark-Seymour(0)
Set one started with the THA team taking an early lead 1:4. Hill and Takken scored an attack kill each to close the gap 3:4. The THA team then created scoring opportunities and lead at the first technical timeout 5:8. Soon AUS started to play with renewed confidence as Fathers scored two attack kills and Nix scored with a block kill 10:12. However, AUS needed to call their first timeout at 10:14 as the THA team extended their lead once again. Though this time, AUS responded well with a block kill to McBean and two service aces to Nix. This forced THA to call their first timeout at 13:14. After a quick sideout, Heptinstall scored an attack kill on his first attack after entering the court. THA then lead into the second technical timeout 14:16. After a THA service error, AUS started to dominate play as Heptinstall collected another attack kill and then followed it up with a service ace. AUS then forced THA into an attack and service error to give them a 19:17 lead. A block kill to Nix and an attack kill to Takken saw AUS extend their lead 21:17. AUS then lost their focus momentarily and let the THA team catch up 21:20. However, an attack kill to Hill and a block kill to Nix saw THA take their second timeout at 23:21. An attack error by THA and attack kill to Fathers saw the first set end in team AUS favour 25:22.


Set 2
Starters (and points scored): Nix(0), Takken(5), Clayton(4), Heptinstall(3), Fathers(4), Hill(1), Fountotos(Libero). Substitutes (and points scored): Sting(0)
The second set started strongly for the AUS team as they forced THA to call their first timeout at 5:2 down. An attack kill to Clayton and Takken each, and a block kill to Fathers, helped the AUS score along at this early stage. Another attack kill to Fathers saw AUS lead at the first technical timeout 8:5. Hill scored another attack kill when AUS re-entered the court, and after a brief sideout, Heptinstall scored an attack kill and Takken had a block and attack kill of his own to force THA to their second timeout 13:8. Takken and Heptinstall had an attack kill each and Clayton with a block kill helped AUS lead into the second technical timeout 16:12.
A block and attack kill to Fathers and a block kill to Clayton saw AUS stay in the lead 20:17. Even though AUS made some late errors, Takken and Heptinstall scored late attack kills each, and Clayton scored a block kill of his own as AUS closed out the set 25:20.


Set 3
Starters (and points scored): Hill(1), Nix(0), Takken(4), Dagg(3), Heptinstall(5), Fathers(3), Fountotos(Libero). Substitutes (and points scored): McBean(1), Clayton(0), Lyndon(0)
The third set didn’t start well for AUS as they made early errors to give THA the lead 3:6. Takken, Heptinstall, Fathers and Dagg with attack kills each and block kills to Heptinstall and Hill saw AUS take the lead into the first technical timeout 8:6. However, some AUS errors once again let THA back into the match 8:9. An attack error by THA and an attack kill by Takken saw AUS take the lead again 10:9. Though the THA team then attacked well to force AUS to call their first timeout at 10:13. Consecutive attack kills to Heptinstall, another to Fathers, and a block kill to Dagg helped AUS stay in touch at the second technical timeout 15:16. Attack kills to Fathers, Takken and McBean kept the AUS score rolling; however, they needed to call their second timeout at 19:21 as the THA team had some momentum and forced AUS into error. Heptinstall with an attack kill and a THA attack error was final highlight of this set for AUS as the THA team finished strongly 21:25.


Set 4
Starters (and points scored): Nix(2), Fathers(5), Clayton(1), Heptinstall(5), Takken(7), McBean(1), Fountotos(Libero). Substitutes (and points scored):
The fourth set started with both teams going point for point to the first technical timeout. AUS lead at this stage 8:7 through Fathers with three attack kills, Heptinstall with two of his own and Takken with one. This continued after the timeout as Heptinstall scored another three attack kills and Clayton scored one as well. Takken also had a kill block to see AUS extend their lead 12:9. Another attack kill to Heptinstall and two consecutive service aces to Takken saw AUS take the lead into the second technical timeout 16:12. After this timeout, Takken served his third service ace in a row and Nix killed a block to force THA to call their first timeout at 18:12. Takken then served his fourth ace in this run of points and McBean contributed with a kill block to see the AUS team finally sideout at 20:13. Fathers with a block kill quickly returned the serve to AUS and THA called their second timeout at 21:13. After another block kill to Nix, and an attack kill to Takken, AUS were momentarily forced into error by the THA team as they finally posted some points 23:17. However, an attack error by the THA team gave AUS match point and from here Fathers made no mistake as he pounded the ball into the THA court 25:17.
With this wonderful win, AUS now play against the powerhouse of China (at 8:30pm AEST) to gain a place in the top 4 playoffs. China lost a five set match to Korea late this afternoon after being two sets up….so we hope they are a bit sore and tired tomorrow. If we play as well as we did today….anything is possible. Go team AUS!!!


Game Statistics
Attack (Team): 23% KE 18% Error
Attack (Players): Heptinstall 14 Kills 48% KE, Fathers 13 Kills 32% KE, Takken 13 Kills 17%
Serve (Team): 7 Aces, 10 Errors, 54% Efficiency
Serve (Players): Takken 4 Aces, Nix 2 Aces
Reception (Team): 31% Perfect, 57% Positive
Reception (Players): Takken 34% Perfect 61% Positive, Fountotos 38% Perfect 54% Positive, Fathers 24% Perfect, 52% Positive
Block (Team): 18 Kill Blocks
Block (Players): Nix 4 Kill Blocks, McBean, Clayton, Fathers 3 Kill Blocks, Takken 2 Kill Blocks, Heptinstall, Hill, Dagg 1 Kill Block

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