First World Championship win for Thailand, over Asian rivals China
Rosario, Argentina, August 23, 2017 - At an all Asian duel in Wednesday morning, Thailand prevailed against China 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-23) and celebrated their first win in Argentinean soil, playing for the 17th place of the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship.
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Thailand’s Piyarat Buddawong was the most prolific scorer of the game with 14 points, followed by teammate Tichakorn Boonlert who totalized 10. None of the Chinese players joined the double digits group and the best was Liu Yu with 8 tallies.
The match began with ups and downs and the first to acquire focus was Thailand, but it wasn’t until past a 16-16 score. After a 25-22 built mostly on Chinese errors, the Thai team greatly improved in defence and counterattack to take another step 25-17, but China found some thrust on the third set and led for quite a while. However, once again they lost rhythm and Thailand displayed their discipline to move forward at the 20-point and close it 25-23.