Tough Serbia test awaits Thais

Tough Serbia test awaits Thais

Thai players react during their match against Germany at the 2022 FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship in Lodz, Poland. (Photo:
Thai players react during their match against Germany at the 2022 FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship in Lodz, Poland. (Photo:

Thailand will play defending champions Serbia in their third match of the second round of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship 2022 in Lodz, Poland, today.

The Pool F match at Atlas Arena, which starts at 8pm, will be shown live on Workpoint TV 23.

Thailand won their latest meeting against Serbia at the 2022 Nations League, but the champions are unbeaten in this championship and are currently on top of Pool F.

Thailand, who have four wins and three losses, are sixth after two straight defeats in the last 16 round.

Thailand were beaten by Germany 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23) on Wednesday.

Outside hitter Ajcharaporn Kongyot registered the match high 22 points while opposite Pimpichaya Kokram finished with 13 points.

Middle blocker Camilla Weitzel was the leading scorer for the Germans with 18 points, including as many as six of Germany's 14 kill blocks in the game.

Thailand also lost to Canada 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22) on Tuesday.

"It was a tough game for us," said Thailand coach Danai Wacharasrimaytakul after the match against Germany.

"Germany players are very fast and strong and they had a good blocking day.

"It wasn't until the third set that our players managed to play the way we wanted to.

"But Germany served so well and that caused us a lot of trouble. We also made a lot of mistakes on our serves."

Danai said playing against Serbia and the United States in the two remaining matches will be a learning experience. "They are both tough games. This tournament is a learning curve for all the players. We will do our best and gain as much experience as possible."

Serbia claimed their seventh straight win by beating the Dominican Republic 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-17) on Wednesday.

Tijana Boskovic was Serbia's highest point scorer with 15 while Gaila Gonzalez of Dominican Republic had 13 points.

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