The two teams traded points in the first part of the opening set, but Italy opened up a 16-9 lead, with Italian captain Martina Guiggi standing out. Thatdao Nuekjang did well for the Thais, but the Italians kept ahead to win 25-18.
In the third set, Thailand finally got ahead, leading 16-14. But Italy’s will to win and teamwork dragged them back into it, and in a dramatic finale, they just clinched a 29-27 win, to seal the match.
Indre Sorokaite and Valentina Arrighetti were joint top scorers for Itlay with 14 points. Thailand’s Onuma Sittirak got 11 points for her side.
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