Bangkok, Thailand, August 14, 2010 - Thailand could not stop the USA's onslaught as they went down in an action-packed three-set battle (25-18 25-21 25-13) in their second encounter of the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Pool D in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.
Both sides were almost the similar standard, but the USA used their height advantage to block scintillatingly and spike spectacularly at the net to take an initial 8-6 lead.
Powerful jump serves by Logan Tom, who was the best scorer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, caught the Thai players flat-footed several times, while the USA's high blocks also gave the Thai spikers a tough time. The USA, who suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Thais last year, went on an aggressive attacking phase to advance 23-17. The strong visitors allowed the host girls only one more point to take the thrilling set 25-18.
The USA gained the upper hand in the second to initially lead 10-5 in the second set. However, with their fans cheering the Thais gradually pulled their game together and bounced back to close the margin 14-14. Heather Bown gave the USA a strong comeback when she came from behind to attack fiercely at the post.
The USA widened the gap to 21-16 and 24-20 before clinching the set.
The third set was still dominated by the USA as the two-time champions jumped to a 7-2 lead, courtesy of thundering back-court spikes from Tom and accurate fast spikes by Bown.
Despite trying to recover from two-set losses, Thailand found the Beijing Olympic silver medallists too strong. The USA wrapped up the comfortable set 25-13 and the match.
The USA will face Puerto Rico in their final match on Sunday while Thailand play Italy.