Reigning champions USA extended their unbeaten run in the 2021 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy after 3-0 demolition of winless Thailand on Wednesday.

Thailand have yet won a match after six outings in the top-flight competition to trail in the bottom of the 16-team standings. The USA, champions in the 2018 and 2019 editions, faced no issues in shutting out the Thai side in straight sets 25-17, 25-14, 25-15.

Michelle Bartsch-Hackley chipped in with 18 points for the USA, while Jordan Thompson handed the team additional 17 points. No player scored double digits for Thailand, with Onuma Sittirak leading the team with 7 points. Pleumjit Thinkaow, Sutadta Chuewulim, Malika Kanthong and Karina Krauser scored 4 points apiece on the team’s losing efforts.

Thailand’s Pleumjit Thinkaow said at the virtual mixed zone: “We played against the USA, a top team in the world. They have perfect technique and their system worked great today. But we are happy that we could play against them. We have to recover and prepare for the next game to show our best in the next matches.”

Michelle Bartsch-Hackley of the USA said: “When we are playing Thailand we always expect a battle and really long rallies, and today we did a really good job controlling this and turning many of the rallies into our points. We are all getting back into the game, we haven’t played a lot together this summer and also since 2019, so we are getting back to the rhythm of playing together and it feels good.”

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