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Germany outclass hosts Thailand in entertaining match


The Hua Mark Indoor Stadium is packed to its capacity in the match between hosts Thailand and Germany

Bangkok, Thailand, August 17, 2013 – In-form Germany proved an impossible nut to crack for Thailand as the world No.8 stormed past the host side in comfortable straight sets 3-0 (25-16 25-14 27-25) in their Pool L encounter of the FIVB World Grand Prix at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

A large home crowd packed the venue, where they saw Thailand’s Malika Kanthong score a match-high 12 points including 10 attacks from 37 attempts. Captain Margareta Kozuch led Germany with 18 points comprising 15 devastating spikes plus two blocks and one great serve.

Sunday’s matches will be the last for both countries in this year’s World Grand Prix campaign.

Germany is in 10th place with 15 points and Thailand is in 13th with nine points, each out of reach for the final top six positions. 

Germany got off to a winning start in the opening set, with the 187cm-tall Margareta Kozuch unleashing a series of thundering cross-cross spikes to help her team take an initial 12-6 lead. The Germany's blockings also worked out pretty well to foil most of the Thai attacking. Germany marched on their exceptional attacks to stretch the commanding lead to 24-15. The visitors allowed the world No.12 only one more point from the erratic serve by Denise Hanke to end the hosts’ challenge in the set 25-16.

Backed by loud cheering from over 7,000 home spectators, Thailand found their touch early in the second set to lead 8-7 initially before Germany started to produce the goods since then. The Germans mixed their splendid offensive combination of Margareta Kozuch’s spectacular attacks and scintillating blockings to close the gap 8-8. As Thailand could not maintain their momentum and became more prone with unforced attacking mistakes, Germany continued their winning streak to capture the set 25-14. 

Conceding two sets, Thailand came all-out in the third set. Putting in a gutsy display, the Thais came whiskers of winning the set when they tied 24-24. However, their form in the final assault was still far from impressive as they made two straight unforced serves plus an erratic net play. Germany won the thrilling hard-fought set 27-25 and the match. 

Following the victory, Germany improved their win-loss World Grand Prix record against Thailand to 6-1. They lost to the Thais only once in the World Grand Prix Pool G in Hong Kong in 2010.

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