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Venezuela beat Thailand 3-2 (22-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-11) - duration 1:59
08-Sep, start time: 15:30, end time: 17:29 - Attendance: 2,600
Venezuela beat Thailand 3-2 (22-25 19-25 25-17 25-22 15-11)
It was a crucial match for both teams to battle it out for the second position in Group A. Venezuela, powered by hard-hitting Jayce Andrade, who led the team with 38 points including 35 kills, got off to a great start to lead 10-5 in the opening set. However, Thailand, boosted by local supporters who danced and shouted encouragingly from the beginning, roared back strongly, with powerful hitter Saimai Pladsrichuay uncorking lightning cross-court spikes at the post to catch the rivals at 16-all before marching on their remarkable run to win the hard-fought first set 25-22.
The set win lifted the Thai girls' spirit in the second set which saw them gain the upper hand to lead 16-12. The Venezuelans put their acts together, hoping to make amends in what the team performed erratically early in the set. Still, the Thai girls played an impenetrable defence and simultaneously counter-attacked well to widen the gap to 24-18. Thailand allowed the opponents only one more point from a spectacular spike from Veronica Gomez to capture the thrilling set 25-19.
After going down two sets in a row, Venezuela regrouped and started to produce the good. At 8-all, the visitors seized the chance when the host girls became more frustrated, scoring five successive points through their exceptional spikes and well-placed serves to advance to 13-8. As the rhythm was with Venezuela where they stretched the lead to 20-14, thanks to smashing machine Andrade's superb form, Thailand asked for the time-out to improve their game. Still, their intention was in vain since Venezuela blew the Thai chance away with the splendid form, producing incredible jumping abilities to spike and block. The visitors snatched the set 25-17.
Both teams played almost with the same standard in the fourth set which saw the score tied at 10-all. However, Venezuela was apparent to have strong teamwork with stubborn defence. They took command initially to lead 16-12 before the Thai girls tightened their defence and successfully closed the margin at 21-all. Venezuel