State women spikers strike gold
by Ting Tieng Hee, email@example.com. Posted on July 15, 2012, Sunday
KUANTAN: Sarawak dished out an exemplary performance in the women’s volleyball final to beat arch-rivals Johor 3-1 for the gold at SJK (C) Chung Ching yesterday.
Sarawak, represented by Polly Sim, Tina Tiong, Stephanie Law, Ursula Moh, Ho Xiao Hui and Angela Tang, won first set 25-19 after a ding-dong duel.
However, they made too many errors in the second set to allow their opponents bounce back and win 25-19.
Sarawak then took control in the third set to win 25-18.
In the fourth set, Johor raced to a 8-2 lead and led again 18-13 and 22-19 before Sarawak fought back to level 22-22 and win 25-23.
For chief coach Moh Wun Ming, the victory was especially sweet as Sarawak exacted revenge on Johor after losing to the same team in the semi-finals in Sukma XIII in Melaka, in the MSSM Volleyball Championship this year and 2-3 in the preliminary rounds in this Sukma.
It was also a fruitful result after six years of preparing for Sukma, with about RM30,000 to RM40,000 spent in the past two years on training the players, sending them for exposure and competitions in West Malaysia as well as organising a tournament in Sibu this year.
“Our opponents were very good but our girls, who had nothing else in mind but the final victory, played their hearts out. They were much focused and mentally strong. Overall, they were simply superb in all departments be it serving, setting, spiking, receiving or blocking.”
“Stephanie and Ursula played very well and our girls are also very happy to be able to bring glory to Sarawak by winning the gold,” said Moh.
Other players in the team are Ching Hui Qin, Sim Ming Luong, Eunicia Anthony, Alicia Yii, Angela Wa and Mandy Chiu.
“This is also our best performance this year and I am very happy that we have achieved our target of winning the gold,” he declared.
Moh credited the team manager Yew Ko Woo and team of coaches Soo Poung Sii, Philip Ling and Farah Nor Suhada for their strong commitment and dedication towards preparing the team and also to all those who have contributed in one way or another to the team’s success.
“We will be sending this team to compete in the Asia Under 16 Volleyball Championship in Ziyang, China in October,” he said.
For winning the gold in this event, the women’s volleyball are RM60,000 richer and they are expected to receive their incentives from the state government next Thursday.
They will also be rewarded with incentives from the Sarawak Volleyball Association for their success in Pahang.