Hard-fought win for Poland against a resilient Thailand


Tough trial for Poland as their girls loudly celebrate during the match against Thailand

Rosario, Argentina, August 19, 2017 - Closing FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship Day 2 action in Rosario, Poland had to use all of their resources to defeat Thailand 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 25-11) and conquer Pool C top spot with two wins so far.

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Polish captain Oliwia Baluk carried the flag for her side with 18 caps, becoming also the game’s top scorer. Aonanong Saisri from Thailand was right behind with 12 kills, while three players completed 11 points - Poland’s Zuzanna Gorecka and Thailand’s Oanchisa Lonok and Piyarat Buddawong.

Poland overpowered Thailand and broke their defensive resistance towards a 25-21 score, but the Asian team improved on counterattack for a wide lead next (19-13), enough to contain the Polish reaction and secure the set 25-23. Poland still struggled against the demoralising Thai defence afterwards, but eventually found the reward to their patience in the next two sets - by 25-17 first and by 25-xx to finally grasp the win. 


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