FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix 2012

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Thailand ease past Dominican Republic


Thailand picked up their fourth win on Saturday versus the Dominican Republic

Komaki, Japan, June 16, 2012 – Thailand continued their successful weekend in Japan with a straight-sets victory over the Dominican Republic (25-14, 25-22, 25-19) despite some stout resistance from their opponents.

Following yesterday’s win over Puerto Rico, victory here will give the Thais confidence ahead of tomorrow’s showdown with their hosts, whom they have only ever beaten once in FIVB competition; the Dominicans meanwhile have now lost two out of two.

Leading Thailand’s scoring for the second day running was Onuma Sittirak with 16, supported by Malika Kanthong with 12. For the Dominican Republic, Gina Altagracia Mambru Casilla notched 12 in a losing effort.

Candida Estefany Arias Perez showed some spark for the Dominicans early with a pair of explosive spikes, but Thailand stayed even, trailing by no more than one until 9-8. Strong serving by Onuma then sparked an incredible run for Thailand that saw them take 13 of the next 15 points, capped by a wonderful block by Pleumjit Thinkow on an attack by Sidarka de los Milagros Nuñez, making it 21-11. She closed the frame with her fifth point of the set, a spike to win it 25-14.

Thailand brought their momentum into the second set, with Malika scoring three early points to edge her side into a 9-5 lead. But the Dominicans then strung together a run of four capped by a spike by Gina Altagracia Mambru Casilla to tie at 9-9. The Dominican Republic managed to edge out to a 19-17 lead eventually, as Mambru got hot with eight points in the set. But she was outdone by Thailand’s Malika who countered with nine scores in the set, setting the stage for Pleumjit to close again, 25-22.

The Dominicans were not clicking at the start of the third set, as an errant spike by Marianne Fersola Norberto gave Thailand a 7-3 lead. But she showed great composure delivering a pair of consecutive aces to tie soon after at 7-7. Thailand were defending well, showing great hustle and not allowing the Dominicans to pick up any momentum, and they would eventually take a 19-16 lead and didn’t look back. Onuma had a monster third set with 10 points, the majority of them late in the set, giving it to Thailand 25-19, taking the match 3-0.


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