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Manila, Philippines, August 9, 2017 – Powerhouse Thailand gave newcomer Maldives a sizzling hot welcome at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship opener Wednesday via a straight sets beating spearheaded by Hattaya Bamrungsuk.

Hattaya, a middle blocker, towed Thailand to an impressive 25-5, 25-12, 25-9 victory Wednesday at the Alonte Sports Complex with 12 points off 8 kills, 3 aces and a block with fellow young gun Wipawee Srithong chipping in 10 markers.

While the busy volleyball calendar could be a hindrance to other teams’ title aspirations, new Thai head coach Danai Sriwacharamathakul, who took over the position from Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai, believes otherwise.

“My players are in good condition. I would like to bring the momentum from the Grand Prix to this tournament,” Danai said in an interview.

Talking about the advantages of going up against an inexperienced team like Maldives, he adds: “As much as possible, we try not to look at other teams. We just focus on what we can do to win.”

After winning the title back in 2013 and slipping to third place in 2015, the Thais are raring to regain the crown this year.

Standing in their way, however, are the towering spikers of Iran, a team they will be facing Thursday at the same venue at 3pm local time.

“They are tall but we’ll try to play at our pace and avoid committing too much errors,” Danai closed.


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