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  • 07 / 02 / 2012

Thailand and Cuba contested against each other on the last day of the final round of the FIVB World Grand Prix tournament that was hosted in Ningbo, China. The match between the two sides took place on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Ningbo Beilun Gymnasium which had an attendance of 2500 spectators. The Thai players were able to hand out a defeat to the Cubans by winning the match in three straight sets.

Thailand was able to make a clean sweep of Cuba in one hour and 25 minutes at the following final set scores: 25-22, 30-28 and 25-23.

The coach of the Thai squad, Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai, shared his satisfaction with the win by making the following comments, “This is our second time to the Finals, our player did a good job. Today players of both teams played 100 percent, we tried our best spirit, showed our performance. We learned a lot of things in the defence and offense. Every point is very difficult for us.”

On the other hand, the Cuban coach Juan Carlos Gala Rodriguez, had the following statements to give at the press conference after the match, “Congratulations to the Thailand team. We must play hard when facing Thailand every time, especially the key points at last few minutes of the each sets.”
The player who as able to earn the title of top scorer of the match was Sittirak Onuma from Thailand with a total of 19 points. Onuma was helped by her team mates Thinkaow Pleumjit and Apinyapong Wilavan, both of whom added 11 points each. On the other hand, the top scorer on the Cuban side was Allegne Yanelis Santos as she scored 15 points in the entire match.

The opening set started off with a Cuban lead at 5-1 but the Thai squad found themselves leading into the second technical time out at 16-12. Cuba fell to making errors that made it easier for Thailand to increase the gap and reach set point at 24-19. However, Cuba put on an impressive show and closed in the gap but Thailand was able to secure the first set at 25-22.

The start of the second set was tough as both the teams tried to gain dominance but Thailand grabbed the lead at 11-9 but Cuba sped up and took the advantage at 22-19. Thailand was not about to give up and they were able to put up a challenge which took the match to three set points after which the Thai squad sealed the deal at 30-28.

The third set remained close throughout as Cuba wanted to avoid a sweep while Thailand looked for an early win.  In the end, it was the Thailand squad that was able to earn the third set at 25-23.
Tagged in: Volleyball, Cuba, Thailand, FIVB, world grand prix

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