Montreux, Switzerland, June 3, 2016 – Thailand brushed off hosts Switzerland in straight sets 25-23 25-14 25-18 in their last preliminary match of the Montruex Volley Masters in Switzerland on Friday night to next go up against defending champions Turkey in the Saturday’s semi-finals.
The convincing win over the host side on Friday has moved world No.13 Thailand to the top of Pool B with seven points from three straight wins. The debutantes Thais became the only team yet going down to any team in the top-flight competition.
The European silver medallists Netherlands finished second in Pool B following their dramatic 3-1 (25-18 25-23 22-25 26-24) win over World Cup silver medallists Serbia in their last preliminary encounter on Friday. The Netherlands had seven points from two wins against one loss, with the Serbians in third position with four points from one win against two losses. Winless Switzerland, current world No.54, finished at the bottom of Pool B with no point from three losses in a row.
Meanwhile, Belgium failed to make their mark in their last Pool A preliminary clash to go down in straight sets 21-25 20-25 22-25 to world U23 champions Brazil on Friday night.
At the end of the group round-robin preliminaries of the top-flight competition on Friday, China topped Pool A with six points from two wins against one loss, followed by title-holders Turkey with five points from two wins against one loss. The world U23 champions Brazil came in third place with four points from one win against two losses, with Belgium on the bottom of the pool with three points from one win against two losses.
Thailand next go up against reigning champions Turkey, one of the three teams they have never beaten in any tournament, in the Saturday’s semi-finals, while China take on the Netherlands in the other semi-final encounter. The two winning teams will then set up a final clash on Sunday.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4 (Bkk time)
18.00pm: Brazil v Switzerland
20.30pm: Serbia v Belgium
23.30pm: Thailand v Turkey
02.00am (Sunday): China v the Netherlands
SUNDAY, JUNE 5 (Bkk time)
18.30pm: Losers Semi-finals 1 (Thailand/Turkey) v Losers Semi-finals 2 (China/Netherlands)
21.00am: Winners Semi-finals 1 (Thailand/Turkey) v Winners Semi-finals 2 (China/Netherlands)