Hong Kong, China, August 22, 2010 – Thailand claimed a 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22) win over Germany in theit final 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix match in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Germany showed their determination at the start thanks to their powerful spikes. Yet, Thailand’s impenetrable block refused to give in. Germany kept the momentum in their attacks and defence, successfully widening the gap to 8-4 at the first technical time out. Two serve errors by Germany prevented them to take a bigger lead. Thailand then unleashed a series of attacks to come closer behind at 9-11, forcing Germany to call for a time out. Thailand’s good coordination went well and turned the table in their favor, securing a 16-15 lead at the second technical time out. Germany overcame the situation with exceptional spikes and two serve aces. They took the set at 25-20.
Thailand made a spectacular comeback in the second set. Credit must be given to Pleumjit Thinkaow’s bullet attacks, Thailand took an early lead by 11-4. Under the pressure of the spirited Thais, Germany had trouble finding their form and rhythm. Malika Kanthong of Thailand spiked forcefully from both the front and backline, further enabled Thailand to take a commanding 16-7 lead at the second technical time out. The Thai girls maintained their ambition for victory, maintaining control thanks to their invincible offensive-defensive tactics.
Thailand continued their good form in the third set. Both teams fought for a lead. Germany, making use of their height and power, had a two-point advantage at the first technical time out. The match remained tight until the scores tied at 13 all. The highly motivated Thailand players with superb strategy then upped their game and put their best performance to lead at 16-13 at second technical time out. Committing frequent errors in the tight situation, Germany soon allowed the opponent to stretch the lead to 15-24. Thailand clinched the set at 25-16.
With Corina Ssuschke’s powerful smashes, Germany was slightly ahead by one point at the first technical time out in the fourth. However, under the robust spikes of captain Wilavan Apinyapong, the Thai girls played confidently and gradually, widening the gap to 18-13, forcing German coach Guidetti Giovanni to call for their second time out. Germany tried to strengthen their attack and defence, yet Thailand gave them little chance to narrow the point deficit. Thailand saw out three sets in a row and sealed the match with a three-point lead (25-22) in the final set.