Thailand overpowers PHI in ASEAN GP

Mark Escarlote on Sep 21, 2019 06:22 PM
Thailand overpowers PHI in ASEAN GP
Thailand handed the PHI another defeat in the ASEAN Grand Prix. (Photo courtesy of @ThailandVolleyball)

Host team Thailand flexed its muscles to defeat the Philippines, 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, on Saturday in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix on Friday at the Terminal 21 Mall in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The powerhouse Thais dropped their guard in the third set but easily recovered in the next frame to cop their second win in the four-nation tournament and kept the Filipinas winless in two games.

Thadtao Nuekjang and Onuma Sittirak led the Southeast Asian volleyball giant with 17 points each and combined for 28 of Thailand’s 65 attack points. Pimpichaya Kokram and Malika Kanthong posted 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for Thailand.

The Filipinas showed signs of life in the third frame as the Nationals made the Thais work with young blood Eya Laure catching fire and joining veterans Ces Molina, skipper Aby Marano, Majoy Baron and Kalei Mau to avoid a shutout.

But the Thais were prepared to quell the Filipinas’ uprising in the fourth to close the one-hour, 56-minute match.

Mau paced the PHI with 12 points – all from kills, Molina had 11 while Marano finished with nine. Laure got eight markers in four minutes of action while Baron and Jovelyn Gonzaga tallied seven markers each for the Nationals, who absorbed another painful loss after a stinging five-set defeat to Indonesia on Friday.

The Filipinas will take on Vietnam on Sunday.

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