Thailand Defeated Turkey In A Five-Set Thriller
During the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship 2022, Thailand was victorious in the opening five-setter of the competition. Outside hitter Chatchu-On Moksri scored 33 points in a match against Türkiye, the sixth-ranked team in the world, on Saturday at the GelreDome in Arnhem.
The match resulted in a nail-biting 3-2 victory for Chatchu-On Moksri’s team. The match scores were as follows: 17-25, 31-29, 22-25, 25-19, and 15-13.
Poland, the hosts of the tournament, defeated Croatia in the first match of the pool on Friday evening, winning all four sets. Dominican Republic and Korea, the final two teams in the pool, will compete on the court in Arnhem later on Saturday, at 18:30 local time (16:30 GMT). The top four teams in each of the four round-robin pools will proceed to the next pool phase of the competition.
The highest score in the match, 33, was achieved by Chatchu-On, who had three serving aces, two kill blocks, and 28 spikes for an overall success rate of 51% in attack. Ebrar Karakurt, a Turkish opposite player, was her team’s leading scorer with 24 points, including three aces and three blocks. Eda Erdem, who plays in the middle and is also the captain of Türkiye, had an outstanding performance by stuffing five of her team’s 15 opponents.
Thatdao Nuekjang, a middle player for Thailand, scored the first two points of the match by kill blocking and spiking, respectively; however, Türkiye swiftly caught up and tied the match. Their middle Zehra Gunes served an ace with a score of 5-4, giving her squad their first lead of the match. Up until the score reached 10-10, the competition was close and evenly matched.
At that moment, Gunes and Karakurt both scored four consecutive points in a row by blocking a spike and scoring a point by scoring a spike, which widened the distance to 14-10. The remainder of the set was thoroughly controlled by the Turks. After an ace from their outside hitter Saliha Sahin increased their lead to seven points at 19-12, Thailand committed an offensive error that terminated the set at 25-17. Türkiye’s way
Early on in the second set, Chatchu-On created a number of break opportunities for Thailand, including one that resulted in a lead of 6-3 for Thailand. Türkiye was able to score four points in a row to tie the game at 8-8, but Thailand was able to immediately react with a series of their own scoring four points in a row to take the lead once more with a score of 12-8.
Karakurt made an incredible run of three aces in a row to put her team ahead 17-16. Outside Hande Baladin added one more for 19-17. The Asians were able to mount a comeback and earn their first set point at 24-23 after an off-the-block hit by their opposite player Pimpichaya Kokram. The Turks, led by their substitute player Ilkin Aydin, were able to prevent five set points for the Thai team while also squandering one of their own. It wasn’t until Chatchu-off-the-block On’s swing deep into overtime that the game was finally won by the Turks, 31-29.
Türkiye carried a 4-1 lead into the third and deciding set. At one point throughout the set, Thailand managed to pull ahead, tying the score at 6-6; nevertheless, this was the last tiebreaker. The team that was coached by Giovanni Guidetti prevailed mostly because to their superior blocking attempts and took control of the game.
The lead was as big as five points at 15-10, and despite the fact that Thailand delivered three aces — two by Chatchu-On and one by middle Hattaya Bamrungsuk — they were only able to get back to within one point of their opponent. Karakurt finished off the 24th point to bring in set point, and then substitute setter Elif Sahin converted it to a 25-22 triumph with an unexpected two-handed tip on two.
The fourth set got off to an impressive beginning for Thailand, which allowed them to pull ahead in the score. The overpass that Chatchu-On took out gave them an 11-6 advantage, and then they monster blocked to make it 12-6. A tremendous Turkish comeback was kicked off when Baladin brought it to a close by cutting the deficit to 13-8 after finishing off a fantastic long rally.
After that, Gunes scored another point with an ace, and then substitute opposite Meryem Boz added two more points for a total of 13-11 with an excellent tip and a block. Shortly after that, Aydin tipped the ball twice in succession, giving her team a 16-15 lead, but it turned out to be their first and only point of the set. They went on to lose the set. A six-point series scored by Thailand with outside Sasipapron Janthawisut behind the serving line, including an ace for 22-17, placed the team to within two points of winning the set. An off-the-block spike from Chatchu-On secured the match-winning point at 25-19 for the team.
During the tie-breaker, the intense battle that had been going on all court continued. The opening half of the set was dominated by Türkiye, who jumped out to a 6-4 advantage thanks to an ace from Baladin. However, immediately after the side switch, Thailand tied the score at 8-8, and a massive block by their setter Pornpun Guedpard gave them a 9-8 lead.
A kill by Sasipapron in the back row made the score 10-8 in favor of the opponent. It was time for the Turks to battle back, and with Karakurt leading the way, they managed to tie the score at 11-11. In the epilogue, Thatdao made a monstrous block to score a break point, bringing the score to 14-12. The first match point was saved by Türkiye, but on the second match point, Thailand was able to come out on top 15-13 thanks to an error in service by Baladin.
“I’m at a complete loss for words. We prepared ourselves for this match by working very hard in both practice and preparation, and as a result, we were able to come out on top today. I would like to express my gratitude to all of my teammates for contributing to one another’s success and for playing an outstanding game. “We wanted to display our finest performance and the kind of volleyball that we love, regardless of whether we won or lost,” Chatchu-On remarked after his team had prevailed.
In addition, there will be two matches on the agenda for Pool A on Saturday. The opening set was won by Belgium 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-15) over Puerto Rico. The scores were as follows: 25-15, 27-25, and 25-15. Cameroon was swept by Italy in the second set, which ended with scores of 25-10, 25-12, and 25-16. At 19:30 (local time), the United States of America and Kazakhstan will welcome customers to Pool C. (17:30 GMT). In the opening match of Pool D, which begins in an hour, Brazil will face off against the Czech Republic.
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