Thais stick to their style in battle with Polish hosts


VOLLEYBALL: Fresh off their stunning victory over world No. 6 Turkey in their opening match, Thailand are looking to build on their momentum at the FIVB Women’s World Championship by taking on co-hosts Poland later during the day (September 27).

Thai players and staff pose after beating Turkey in the world championship. Photo: volleyballworld.com

It will be another tough test for the Thais who stunned Turkey in Pool B in the Netherlands on Saturday, reports the Bangkok Post.

World No.14 Thailand are now in Gdansk and will play their final Pool B matches in the Polish city against hosts Croatia, South Korea and the Dominican Republic.

Thais’ confidence was boosted by an encouraging message from Their Majesties the King and Queen.

After the match against Turkey, His Majesty the King instructed his secretary ACM Satitpong Sukvimol to telephone the team to salute their performance and wish them success for the rest of the tournament.

World number 13 Poland will be favorites against coach Danai Wacharasrimaytakul’s side, thanks to their home advantage and recent record against the Thais.

The Poles have won their last five meetings with Thailand, most recently in the 2022 Nations League.

However, Thailand were also in a similar situation against Turkey and will be aiming for another upset victory.

“We saw Poland play. We will stick to our style and do our best,” said outside striker Chatchu-On Moksri, Thailand’s top scorer against Turkey with 33 points.

Thailand, led by captain Pornpun Guedpard, is playing its seventh world championship with its best result at 13 years old.e in 2010 and 2018.

Before the world championship, Thailand won the SEA Games, finished eighth in the Nations League and third in the AVC Cup, and were champions of the Asean Grand Prix.

The tournament ends on October 15.

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