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World Grand Prix 2005 - Match Descriptive

Match Descriptive

Netherlands beat Thailand 3-0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-22) - duration 1:06
03-Jul, start time: 14:00, end time: 15:06 - Attendance: 3'500
City: Manila; Hall : Philsport Arena
The Netherlands displayed its awesome form to beat Thailand in straight sets, 25-9, 25-16, 25-22.
The Netherlands played true to form in the first set, banking on the powerful spikes of Manon Flier and Ingrid Visser to take a commanding 9-2 lead which they padded to 18-6 en route to winning the set.

The five-time SEA Games champion Thais found their rhythm in the second set, getting the big points from Piyamas Koijapo, Saymai Paladsrichuwy and Nootsara Tomkom, to close in at 6-7 before committing some errors that allowed the Dutch to post a 17-11 advantage. Netherlands defended well and were never threatened from there on.

Netherlands superb blocking and attacking skills showed in the third set with Chaine Staelens, Riette Fledderus and Visser delivering the points as the Dutch took a 12-5 lead.

Koijapo joined hands with Pleumjit Thinkaow in a 9-5 run to put Thailand within 14-16 but the Netherlands staged a rally to make it 21-16.

The Thais took advantage of the Dutch's errors to threaten at 20-21 but Visser made two points while Staelens had one to make it 24-20 in favor of the Netherlands. Paladsrichuwy and Thinkaow delivered to put the score at 22-24 before Staelens closed out the match with a smash.

Staelens had 12 kills and two blocks while Visser had 11 kills and three blocks to lead the Netherlands. Alice Boom and Manon Flier finished with nine points each while Francien Huurman added eight points.

Koijapo led Thailand with 10 kills followed by Thinkaow, who had eight kills and one block. Amporn Hyapha finished with seven points.