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Thai women beat mighty Brazil

Pleumjit, Ajcharaporn star in famous triumph

The young Thailand team shocked Brazil not only by winning, but by doing so in straight sets 3–0 (25–22, 25–21, and 29–27) in a FIVB World Grand Prix meeting in Sendai, Japan. / Photo: FIVB.com

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The Thai women's volleyball team, led by coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul, yesterday claimed their first ever victory over defending world champions Brazil in their 13 World Grand Prix meetings with a straight sets victory.

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Win over Brazil marks lucky 13 for Thai spikers

Sendai, Japan: For some people, No.13 might represent bad luck, but for Thailand women's volleyball team, at least for a day, it meant only good things.

The team, led by coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul, yesterday claimed their first ever victory over mighty Brazil in their 13 World Grand Prix meetings.

The stunning 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 29-27) win in the second game of Pool D1 also gave the team a much-needed boost after they lost the first four matches of this year's FIVB tournament, the latest being against arch-rivals Japan on Friday.

Veteran captain Pleumjit Thinkaow, who will turn 34 in November, remained one of the most important players for the Thai team as she scored 10 points while Ajcharaporn Kongyot had another impressive performance, scoring 10 as well.

The 22-year-old Ajcharaporn has been the team's top scorer in all five matches of this year's tournament.

The match statistics showed Thailand were a lot more effective than the defending champions both offensively and defensively.

"The best thing about today was that we played as we planned, maximising the particular skills of each player," said coach Danai.

"Brazil have such a high block and they're strong, and they can play quickly. It was tough to get every point against them.

Ajcharaporn added: "I'm really happy to win today. It was such a tough match and we tried to avoid making simple mistakes. Our veteran players led us younger players really well, and I think that was great."

Brazil coach Jose Guimaraes, while naturally disappointed with his team's performance, singled out veteran setter Nootsara Tomkom for praise.

"Our team made many mistakes today, and we weren't very careful in some points of the game. We tried to serve aggressively, and not let them get into their style of volleyball," said Guimaraes.

"But we just couldn't stop them, because their setter is really skilled. We need to come together as a team if we hope to do our best tomorrow."

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