THAILAND PREVAIL OVER VIETNAM IN FIVE-SET THRILLER AT 6TH AVC CUP FOR MEN
Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 10, 2018 – Thailand and Vietnam, similar and familiar with each other as boundary neighboring teams, jointly presented the local spectators a five-set thriller, seeing Thailand prevail 3-2 (26-24, 25-27, 19-25, 25-16, 15-11) on day 3 of 6th AVC Cup for Men at the University of Taipei (Tianmu) Gymnasium.
The first set witnessed Vietnam chasing closely as they tied the score several times. At the very end, they made a surprising attempt through their dogged defense and saved 2 set points to a 24-24 tie. Thailand called a timeout and they did not give any more chance to Vietnam after getting back to the court. With two straight points, The Thais won the hard-fought first set (26-24).
At the beginning of the second set, Vietnam scored effectively and led 13-7. Konhan Amorntep launched a series of destructive service, helping Thailand catch up to a 14-14 tie. Both sides stuck to each other until 24-24 tie. Vietnamese then let Thais get one more point to grasp the intensive set (27-25).
Vietnam continued their good defense to win the third set 25-19. To fight back, Thailand fielded several substitutions in the fourth set to improve on service and blocking. It worked out and the Thais won the set (25-16).
Thailand kept the same starting lineup at the decider. With constant good blockings, the Thais won the tie breaker and this match (26-24, 25-27, 19-25, 25-16,15-11).
“I told my players that we should keep fighting after two intensive sets, we cannot lose today.” said Thailand head coach Monchai Supajirakul. “Chinese Taipei is a great team, and Australia has height advantage, therefore, it will be a tough game tomorrow no matter which team we will play.”
Jirayu Raksakaew scored 15 points for Thailand, while Kantapat Koonmee added 14 points apiece. Thuan Tu-Thnh contributed match-high 25 points for Vietnam.
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