Olaya on full action as Colombia routed Thailand and enjoyed their first win in Argentina
Rosario, Argentina, August 20, 2017 - After a rest day, Colombia came back in an enhanced version to achieve their first victory at FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship - a 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-22) over Thailand with Emelys Martinez and Ana Karina Olaya playing key roles.
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Martinez had a superb night from the service line with 6 aces and a total harvest of 15 points, while Olaya trailed her just one point behind. Captain Valerin Carabali also reached double digits with 10 caps. On the other hand, Thailand could display their multiple digs but on the scoring department the highest number was 8 points from Piyarat Buddawong.
Colombia cruised in the opening set with Emelys Martinez and Ana Karina Olaya on the front line, creating a 25-14 score. Nothing changed when the play resumed and the team in yellow dominated 25-17, this time with captain Carabali partnering with Olaya. Although the defensive moves from Thailand were still there, Colombian girls were persistent enough to keep scoring and survive a final scare to take the match home 25-22.