Volleyball News


Montreux, Switzerland, June 1, 2016 – The third game of the second day at Pierrier Sports Hall in Montreux presented Serbia and Thailand in Pool B. The game was action packed and presented a game full of rallies and smashing spikes. Two volleyball giants from Europe and South East Asia came up with a spectacular show with great long rallies and incredible fight for victory.  Thailand later forced Serbia’s defence and fought through the final tie-break winning 3-2 (16-25, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 13-15).

The Pierrier Sports Hall was overwhelmed with Thailand fans cheering for their team in hopes of beating volleyball giants and World Cup runners-up Serbia. Serbia won their previous game against host Switzerland and Thailand were up for their first match to challenge their opponents.

The first set was extremely fast paced but Serbia took lead despite being under Thailand’s loud cheering crowd pressure. Serbia formed a much defensive wall comfortably blocking Thailand’s access to any potential attacks. Serbia formed an exceptional lead, decoding Thailand’s defence; however towards the end of the set Serbia made errors which gave hopes to Thailand to recover and presented long rallies. However, Serbia fared better to win the first set 25-16.

Thailand entered the second set more confidently as they had revised Serbia, so they were much quicker at challenging Serbia’s tall defence to lead 9-6. Serbia caught up with Thailand and both teams clashed head-on from mid-set towards the end and even Serbia coach Zoran Terzic desperately used the challenge system later forcing him to use his second and final time-out. Thailand put their best and won the second set by 25-19.

The third set came with an incredible battle when both teams failed to form a dominance leading to many ties. The game to this point was undoubtedly the game with the most rallies which locked the audience with excitement. Thailand’s wing spiker Ajcharaporn Kongyot contributed powerful and destroying spikes which unravelled Serbia’s tall blocks and defence. Thailand fought like a hero and won the set when Ana Bjelica from Serbia missed her critical serve. Thailand won 25-21.

The fourth set started off with Serbia attempting to dominate however by mid-set, Thailand tried to catch up with Serbia. There were again killer spikes by Ajcharaporn and both teams battled vigorously but Serbia managed to keep their distance and won the set 25-20.

The match went onto tie-break and still there was a head-on collision as both teams struggled to rule the game however midway, Thailand took the lead 8-6. Tensions were later high when the two nervous teams reached 13-13. Thailand won the set at 15-13 and the match by middle blocker Hattaya Bamrungsuk’s excellent block pushing the European volleyball giants.