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GP: Russia defeated Thailand in tie-break match

by WoV
source: fivb.org; Photo: fivb.org

World No.6 Russia came from behind to beat determined Thailand in thrilling hard-fought five-set thriller 24-26 25-18 25-22 20-25 15-11 in their last Pool L encounter in the FIVB World Grand Prix at the Hua Mark Indoor on Sunday.

Tatiana Kosheleva vs. Thailand's block

Tatiana Kosheleva vs. Thailand’s block

In a near-flawless match of Thailand, Onuma Sittirak scored a match-high 26 points including 21 attack hits from 53 determined attempts and four powerful jump serves. Nataliya Goncharova led Russia with 31 points which included 24 devastating spikes. She also led the blocking and serving skills with four and three points apiece.

 

With the hard-fought 3-2 win over the hosts, Russia had registered their straight seven wins in the World Grand Prix. They also improved their World Grand Prix win-loss record against Thailand to 9-0. However, the overall 19 points were not enough to carry them for the Finals in Sapporo, Japan.

For more information related to this competition, read World Grand Prix 2013.

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