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Peru defeats Thailand and will vie for the fifth place

Peru's Raffaella Camet in action during the game with the Thais
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 11, 2009. Having all gone through a rest day – which was definitely more than welcome after the very tough schedule they had to cope with – Thailand and Peru opened the operations this morning at the Mall Convention Center both aiming at having a shot at the fifth place in this World Championship. The South Americans had a disastrous start, with the hosts sailing away 8-1 at the first technical break but they finally woke up and started finding their rhythm to clinch the first set in about 20 minutes (25-22) in front of a completely packed arena with a red “cloud” of Thai students, all perfectly dressed in their school uniforms, that had gathered in the Mall to boost the local girls to another victory.
The hosts initially struggled in the second set but they put up a great comeback to level the score at 21 and the local audience was getting ready for an exciting final rush. After two more ties at 22 and 23, Peruvian captain Baella spiked out for a first Thai set ball which was immediately silvered – with the spectators going completely crazy – with another error in attack for the South Americans, this time coming from middle blocker Clarivet Yllescas. The score stayed very close for much of the third set but Peru did a better job in the so-called “money time” and move the set count up to 2-1.
In the fourth set Peruvian coach Artieda decided to try out some new solutions and back-up setter Alexandra Munoz replaced regular Diana Gonzales and for the delight of their Ambassador to Thailand the girls in red jerseys rolled all the way through for the final 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 25-), thus booking a spot for the classification match 5-6 against the winner of the match featuring the likes of Japan and European bronze medalist Italy.

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