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Thailand scores first victory against Russia

Pleumjit Thinkaow spikes the ball past a Russian player. (Photo by FIVB)

Pleumjit Thinkaow spikes the ball past a Russian player. (Photo by FIVB)

Thailand beat Russia for the first time ever in an FIVB competition on Sunday, securing their first win of the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on the final day at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Thailand won 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23).

In their 10 previous meetings, the Russians had won every match, according to an article on the official website.

The win saw Thailand raise their record to 1-4 for four points while Russia dropped to 1-4 and also finished on four points. The result determined the bottom three placings in the World Grand Champions Cup. The Dominican Republic finished sixth with three points, Thailand fifth with four points and Russia fourth, also with four points.

Thailand's Onuma Sittirak top-scored in the match with 26 points, while captain Wilavan Apinyapong contributed 19. Russia were led by Natalia Malykh with 19 points. Thailand's Pleumjit Thinkaow had a tournament-high seven blocking points.

Find more details on the match here: http://www.fivb.org/en/Volleyball/viewPressRelease.asp?No=43828&Language=en


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