The Jakarta Post
The Indonesia women’s beach volleyball team won a bronze medal on Monday after defeating Kazakhstan 2-0 at Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, South Sumatra.
Putu Dini Jasita Utami and Dhita Juliana won both sets by a wide margin against Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova and Irina Tsimbalova, the same pair that defeated the Indonesians in a preliminary match.
Kazakhstan, attempting to use the same strategy that worked in its previous match, bombarded Putu and Dhita with downward smashes, but most of the attacks failed to result in points thanks to Indonesia's improved defense.
“Today, our teamwork was much better. The victory cannot be separated from the good defense from my partner Putu. She was able to read all our opponent’s smashes,” Dhita told reporters in a post-match press conference.
Indonesia made perfect blocks that caused its opponent’s smashes to backfire. Playing against a loud home crowd, Kazakhstan seemed to struggle to give their best, making several weak spikes throughout the match. (yan)