Thailand’s campaign in the FIVB World Championship came to a dismal ending after they went down to Turkey 1-3 sets (25-22 20-25 22-25 20-25) to finish seventh in Pool F in Osaka on Thursday.
The world No 16-ranked team appeared to lose steam after playing nine matches in two weeks in Japan.
Heading into yesterday’s match, Thailand had been involved in four tiebreak games in the first and second rounds, beating Korea but losing to Russia (in Pool C first round in Kobe last week), and then to USA and to Bulgaria (in Pool F second round this week in Osaka).
They failed to qualify for the last-six round, with only the top three teams in Pool E and F moving on.
With three wins and six losses from their nine matches, Thailand finished on 11 points, just one ahead of rock-bottom Azerbaijan.
Turkey were fifth on 15 points, while Bulgaria, also with 11 points from four wins and five defeats, finished sixth courtesy of their extra victory.
Italy (24 points) and China (22) have already secured their spots in the next round, while the US and Russia (21 each) were left to compete for the remaining spot.
“The Turkish players are very tall and they have speed and fast combinations,” said Thai national coach Danai Sriwachamaytakul.
“Our team played well even though we are not as tall as them. I want to thank all my players and staff because I am really satisfied with how we have played here.”
Turkey’s coach Giovanni Guidett said: “ Thailand are really an amazing volleyball team. Despite the height disadvantage, they were able to compete at this level.
“As for my team,I just wish they could have done better against the big teams like China, Italy, Russia and USA.”