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Thailand claim historic first win over Dutch

Onuma Sittirak leads the celebrations after scoring 18 points to help Thailand register their first-ever victory over the Netherlands

Nagoya, Japan, November 7, 2010 – Thailand defeated the Netherlands in four sets (25-15, 25-23, 15-25, 26-24) on the second day of second-round Pool F action in the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship at the Nippon Gaishi Hall on Sunday afternoon. The victory marked the first time that the Thais had ever beaten the Dutch.

The Thais again showed good teamwork and organization against their taller foes. Onuma Sittirak was the inspiration for Thailand, who had lost in straight sets to Brazil on Saturday. Caroline Wensink and Manon Flier starred for the Netherlands despite the defeat.

Sittirak, with 18 points, was one of five Thailand players to reach double figures – Malika Kanthong contributed 15 points, Wilavan Apinyapong added 13 while Pleumjit Thinkaow and Amporn Hyapha each scored 10. Wensink and Flier registered 18 and 17 points for the Dutch, while Ingrid Visser notched 13.

Thailand moved out to a 16-9 lead in the first set by the second TTO. Their advantage was stretched to 18-11 after they won a magnificent rally that seemed to go on forever and they closed out the first set at 25-15 on a spike by Malika Kanthong. The Dutch improved in the second set, using their height to good advantage in attack, but they still came up short at 25-23.

The Netherlands held an 8-4 edge at the first TTO in the third set and took control through a combination of pressure and mistakes by Thailand. An ace from Flier made it 19-9 and the Dutch claimed the set 25-15. The fourth set was close all the way, with the Dutch up 16-13 at the second TTO. The Thais were in a chase mode for the entire set and tied the score at 24-24 before taking the final two points and the match.

Following Monday's rest day, the Netherlands will take on the United States, while Thailand will play Italy.

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