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Ardabil, Iran, May 5, 2017 – Thailand, spearheaded by Anuchit Pakdeekaew, outclassed Kazakhstan 3-1 (25-22, 25-17, 17-25, 25-22) at their second playoff match at the round of last eight teams to stay on course at the SMM 2nd Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship at the 6,000-seater Rezazadeh Indoor Stadium on Friday.

Kazakhstan launched waves of attacks in the first two sets against Thailand, but their gallant play failed to mark its mark when the Thai players won the first two sets 25-22 25-17. Kazakhstan’s determination bore fruits in the third set when they performed impressively to take the set 25-17. Their confidence boosted following a commanding 2-1 lead, Thailand played every part of the game well despite a strong challenge from Kazakhstan. Locked in a tight battle, Thailand captured the hard-fought fourth set 25-22 and match.

Good attacks of Pusit Phonarin with 14 points helped Thailand snatch the win before thousands of Iranian fans. Coach Monchai Supajirakul of Thailand believed that “As Kazakhstan made use of their tall and towering players, we had to show our effective blocks. Against Pakistan in our next match, I think we will let our players take a rest first and then we will analyse the opponents. We have to find tactics which can foil Pakistan’s efforts of using high balls which had already troubled Iran and China.”


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