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Puerto Rico edges Thailand in straight sets for first win

Thailand set but it was Puerto Rico cheering at the end of the match as they picked up their first win of the 2010 edition of the tournament
Chengdu, China, August 8, 2010 – Puerto Rico picked up its first victory of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix after overcoming Thailand in straight sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-21) on Sunday evening in Chengdu, China.

After losing to the Netherlands and host side China, Puerto Rico bounced back to inflict a third straight defeat on Thailand.

Thailand beagn well picking up a quick lead thanks in part to the solid spiking of Apinyapong Wilavan. However, they were soon pulled back as Puerto Rico drew level at 13-all. From that moment, both teams traded points until Puerto Rico went ahead following a number of blocks from Cruz Aurea and Reyes Diana. Using their good spiking and blocking with efficiency, Puerto Rico increased their lead before closing the set.

Taking advantage of their rivals errors, Thailand had little trouble taking an early lead. Puerto Rico tried to cut the gap and eventually equalized the score. With their good spiking, the Caribbeans took a 2-0 lead.

The third set had many reversals, with the teams trading the lead many times. Both teams made a number of simple mistakes in attack and defense as the game stayed close midway through. However a combination of great blocking and Thai mistakes saw Puerto Rico eventually secure the win.

The two sides will face off again next weekend Bangkok as the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix continues.


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