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  1/11/2011 - 6/11/2011

Thai tandems using Phuket as springboard to success

Jarunee Sannok (left) and Usa Tenpaksee are just two of the teams set to compete at the Phuket Open at the beginning of November
Phuket, Thailand, September 22, 2011 – Thailand’s top women’s pairs have revealed that they plan on using the final stage of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour in Phuket from November 1 to 6 as a springboard for the 2012 season.

Over the past decade, Thailand have rarely made an appearance on the international circuit, despite some positive results on home sand. However, next year at least two teams will compete on the World Tour thanks to a new sponsorship deal.

Thailand coach Petcharat Putsorn, who along with the Thailand Volleyball Association is helping prepare the teams for the 2012 season, said the teams will use the Phuket Thailand Open as a way to test themselves against the world’s top teams.

“It is our target to get the Thai teams through to the second day of the main draw competition, if we can achieve this goal, then we know we have the ability to make an impact next year,” he said. “Of course it won’t be easy for us in our first year on the Tour as we will have to play in the qualifying rounds at most of the tournaments as our teams do not have any ranking points. It is our goal to use 2012 to gain the necessary experience and pick up as many points as possible, so that we can launch a strong challenge in 2013 with the goal of getting at least two teams into the world’s top 50.”

Thailand is hopeful of getting three teams into the main draw in Phuket. Kamoltip Kulna and Varapatsorn Radarong, Jarunee Sannok and Usa Tenpaksee, and Tanarattha Udomchavee and Rumpaipruet Numwong will be representing the country come game time.

“We have been training hard for the tournament in Phuket and at the South-East Asian Games, so we are feeling fit and confident about our chances of causing some surprises,” Kamoltip Kulna, one of the more senior players, said. “Of course a lot depends on the draw, but I am sure that the Thai beach volley fans will be out there cheering us on, which is a huge motivation for us.”

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