Thailand returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Australia at the 17th Asian Women's Volleyball Championship yesterday.
Thailand players celebrate their victory against Australia.
Having been stunned by Kazakhstan in their opening match on Friday, the Thais bounced back by comfortably beating Australia 25-16, 25-17, 25-14.
The victory boosted the Thais' confidence and pleased the fans who packed Chatchai Hall.
"It will definitely give us more confidence because our players were a bit discouraged after losing in the first match," Thailand coach Kiattipong Radchatakriengkrai said.
"We needed this win to cheer up our players because many tough matches are awaiting us. We played well and substitute Tapapaipun Chaisri had a great game.
"Like Kazakhstan, Australia have many tall players but it was easy for us to handle because they were not fast."
Thailand will take on debutants Mongolia today in their final pool match and Kiattipong said he wanted his players to end the match as soon as possible.
Thailand captain Wilawan Apinyapong said that the key to the triumph was the players stayed focused and made few mistakes.
"We are more relaxed now and ready for next matches," she said.
Australia coach Pauline Manser, whose team was also beaten by the Thais at the World Championship qualifying event in Japan last week, said her players gave their all but it was difficult to beat the well-organised Thais.
"I am happy with my team's performance which was better than last week," said Manser, who is targeting a top-eight finish in the 16-team tournament.
"Actually, we trained together for only six days before the Japan tournament because our players are from every part of the country."
In the other Pool A match, Kazakhstan beat Mongolia 25-22, 25-16, 25-9 to earn six points. Australia and Thailand have three points each, while Mongolia are winless.
In Pool C, world No.3 Japan beat Indonesia 25-6, 25-11, 25-9 to earn six points while Indonesia have three after two matches.
In Pool D, South Korea and Taiwan each have six points after winning their first two matches.
The Koreans beat Sri Lanka 3-0 while Taiwan defeated Myanmar in straight sets yesterday.
The top two teams of each of the four four-team groups advance to the next round.
At Chatchai Hall, South Korea v Taiwan (11am), Japan v Hong Kong (1.30pm), Thailand v Mongolia (4pm), China v Philippines (6pm)
At The Mall, Sri Lanka v Myanmar (11am), Kazakhstan v Australia (2pm), Iran v India (4pm), Vietnam v Indonesia (6pm)
Japan, in white, picked up their second win after beating Indonesia.
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