Poland beat Thailand 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-17) - duration 1:12
31-Aug, start time: 17:30, end time: 18:42 - Attendance: 3,500 First victory for Poland in World Championship
Poland took its first victory of the 2002 Women's World Championship by defeating Thailand in straight sets here in Leipzig, Germany. Both teams equalled in strength at the beginning of the first set. Because of their physical disadvantage, Thailand had problems in overcoming the Polish block. However, the Thai players reacted with strong and clever attacks. Poland won the set with 25-23. At the beginning of the second set none of the teams dominated. Short rallies characterized the game. Poland used more combinations in attack and scoreds a lot of powerful spikes in order to take the lead over Thailand. The small Asians fought back. Poland finally grabbed the set again at 25-23 In the third set, Poland played more powerful to widen the gap between the two teams. Thailand's resistance weakened and the Asians did not find the way back into the game. For Poland, the team that will face Greece on Sunday, this was an important victory. Thai captain Anna Paijinda was the best scorer of the match. She made 16 points. Three players were the co-leaders on the Polish best scorers list. Katarzyna Mroczkowska, Ewa Kowalkowska and Aleksandra Przynysz all made 11 points.