Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Women’s beach volleyball duo peaking nicely for SEA Games

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian women’s beach volleyball duo Beh Shun Thing-Luk Teck Hua are peaking nicely for the Indonesia SEA Games next month, judging by their runner-up finish in the Palembang Open on Sunday.

The experienced Shun Thing-Teck Hua came up short against the Thailand A pair of Usa Tempaksee-Jarunee Sannok in the final, going down 15-21, 19-21.

Shun Thing-Teck Hua had earlier beaten the Indonesia A pair of Ayu Siam-Yokbeth Kapasian 21-18, 21-18 in the quarter-finals before eliminating the Indonesia C combination of Sri Silisiowati Efa–Dita Juliana 19-21, 21-12, 15-9 in the semi-finals of the tournament, which is part of the AVC Beach Volleyball Tour.

This was the Malaysian pair’s second consecutive final appearance, the first being the Vietnam Open earlier this month. This clearly augurs well for their chances at the Indonesia SEA Games next month.

The Malaysian women’s B combination of M. Iswari-Luk Teng Kee crashed out in the group stages while the men’s pairings of Kiew Chiong Ung-Rafi Asruki Nordin and Khoo Chong Long-Mohd Fitri Salim reached the quarter-finals and last 16 respectively.

The Malaysian beach volleyball squad will compete in two more tournaments before heading for the SEA Games – the South-East Asia Zone Olympic Qualifying in Pechaburi, Thailand (Oct 25-27) and the Phuket FIVB Beach Volleyball Tour (Nov 1-6).


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