FIVB Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament 2012 | Japan

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Thailand even mark at 2-2 with win over Chinese Taipei

Thailand won the battle at the net against Chinese Taipei with a 12-7 margin in blocks

Tokyo, Japan, May 23, 2012 -  Thailand rolled past Chinese Taipei in straight sets (25-16, 25-18, 25-20) on the fourth day of action in the FIVB Women's World Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym on Wednesday.

Thailand evened their record at 2-2 with the win, while Chinese Taipei fell to 0-4 with the loss. The Thais, who dominated in blocks (12-7) and aces (4-1), were proficient with both their attacks and receptions. 

Sittirak Onuma paced Thailand with a match-high 15 points. Thinkaow Pleumjit contributed 13 points, including five blocks, while Wilavan Apinyapoing and Malika Kanthong chipped in 12 and 11 respectively. Chen Wan Ting and Teng Yen Min had nine points each for Chinese Taipei.

Thailand dominated the first two sets using power and good defense to achieve the victory, before Chinese Taipei put up a fight in the third.

Chinese Taipei's Wen I Tzu served into the net to give Thailand a 5-2 in the first set.

A spike by Thinkaow put Thailand in front 8-5 at the first TTO. Sittirak's spike made it 11-7 for Thailand. Wang Sin Ting's spike took the count to 14-10. A misplayed return gave Thailand a 16-10 lead at the second TTO. Thinkaow's spike ended a long rally and saw Thailand move ahead 18-12. A missed spike by Teng made it 21-12 for Thailand. Thinkaow's service ace put Thailand within two pints of the set at 23-14. Thailand took the set 25-16 when Teng sailed a serve long.

Thinkaow had eight points in the set, while Ten tallied four. Kanthong Malika's spike put Thailand up 5-4 in the second set. Tsai Yen Feng's serve was long and Thailand led 8-6 at the first TTO. A block by Kanthong made it 14-8 for the Thais. Thailand was on top 16-11 at the second TTO. A spike by Wang made it 18-13. Thailand took a timeout after a block by Tomkom Nootsara the their lead cut to 20-16. Kanthong hammered a spike for 23-16 as Thailand moved for the set. Chen ended a long rally with a powerful spike for 23-17. Thailand claimed the set 25-16 on a block by Apinyapong .

A spike by Wang Sin Tin gave Chinese Taipei a 5-2 lead in the third set. A block by Wen put Chinese Taipei in front 8-5 at the first TTO. Kanthong's spike made it 12-9 as Thailand tried to stay in contact. A service error by Thailand made it 15-10 and Chinese Taipei was up 16-11 after a block by Wang. Thinkaow's block pulled Thailand within 16-13 and Chinese Taipei called a timeout. Teng's spike ended an extended rally that featured a fantastic diving save by Apinyapong. Thailand equalized 17-17 on a spike by Kongyot Ajcharaporn. A missed spike by Tomkom put Thailand up 20-19 and a reception error made it 21-19. Thailand moved to finish the match by scoring five straight points to get to match point at 24-19.Kanthong's spike gave Thailand the victory 25-20.


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