Thailand found Brazil too strong to go down tamely in a totally one-sided encounter in the 2021 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy on Monday, as Brazil closed in on a ticket to the semifinals of the top-flight competition with a 10-2 record.

Thailand, silver medallists at the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 Asian Championship, proved no match against the mighty Brazil, offensively strong with the likes of Gabriela Guimaraes, Tandara Caixeta and Fernanda Rodrigues, to succumb to the 11-25, 14-25, 10-25 defeat in 76 minutes.

Tandara Caixeta chipped in with 11 points for Brazil, while Gabriela Braga Guimaraes and Fernanda Rodrigues kept good company to add 10 points apiece. No Thailand player scored double digits, with Onuma Sittirak and Pleumjit Thinkaow delivering 8 points each and Malika Kanthong adding 6.

Thailand stayed on the bottom of the standing with 3 points from one win against 11 losses, while Brazil maintained their second spot with 31 points from 10 wins against 2 losses.

Thailand’s Pleumjit Thinkaow said at the virtual Mixed Zone: “Brazil are a very strong team, they had a great service and our reception didn’t work well. This week we managed to earn our first victory at this VNL, so we are really happy about our performance.”

Gabi Guimaraes of Brazil said: “We are really happy about this victory today and the energy we had after the game against Germany which we had last night. So today we came knowing that we have to start very aggressively against Thailand, because we know how good they can play and that they can put pressure on us.

“And to be honest it’s always a pleasure to play against them, because they always show us and teach us a lot of things in matter of technique in sideout, attack and they are also very good in defence, always keep pushing and always smiling. Therefore when we play against them we always want to do our best, because we know it’s not an easy game. It’s also a pleasure to play with them, because we know that many of them will retire soon. I’m very happy about our motivation, energy and everything else today.”

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