FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Thailand entertain home crowd with win against Egypt


Sarah Hanafy the best Egyptian scorer in defensive action against Thailand

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 26, 2013- Hosts Thailand (No.9 in the FIVB World Rankings) flew past world No. 12 Egypt to take their first win 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19) in their opening pool C match at the Chatchai Gym on Friday.

Thailand dominated the match, in front 2,500 spectators, through their defence and the attacking strategy, which they applied using the defects in the Egyptian block. Jiraporn Chaymon led the top scorers for the Thai side with 29 points followed by team captain Patcharaporn Sittisad with 17 points. Sarah Hanfy led Egypt's scorers with 17 points followed by Haidy Kandel and Malak Badway with 8 points each.

The Thai's used their ace service to disturb the Egyptian team and this was a crucial aspect in helping them win their first and second sets. Egypt regained the confidence to win the third set after a group of efficient spikes from wing spiker Sarah Hanafy and the quick attacks from position 3. But Thailand came back eventually to secure a 3-1 win.

 


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