Asian Games: Two Indonesian pairs lose to taller opponents in women's beach volleyball
Safrin La Batu
The Jakarta Post
Playing with a severe disadvantage in height, Indonesia lost in two women’s beach volleyball group matches in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Tuesday.
Dhita Juliana and Putu Dini Jasita Utami, who played in the afternoon in Group D, looked overwhelmed by strong smashes from Tatyana Mashkova and Irina Tsimbalova of Kazakhstan. Indonesia lost 21-12, 21-17 in the match.
Using their tall bodies as weapons, the Kazakhs pressed the hosts with downward spikes. The Indonesians often failed to withstand the attack, giving up points to their opponents.
Mashkova, at 1.88 meters in height, and Tsimbalova, at 1.82 m, are much taller than Indonesia’s Dita (1.72 m) and Putu (1.71 m). When Indonesia attempted spikes, they were often blocked easily.
“There is a height difference. It played a role, too, [in our loss],” Dini said after the match.
In the morning, Indonesia’s Desi Ratnasari and Yokebed Purari Eka lost 23-25, 21-18, 15-9 to Japan’s Azusa Futami and Akiko Hasegawa in Group C.
“We had trouble blocking their smashes,” Desi said after the match.
The Japanese players are also tall – Futami is 1.8 m and Hasegawa is 1.75 m. Meanwhile, Desi is 1.71 m and Yokebed is 1.72 m.
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