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Poland beat Thailand at FIVB women's worlds

Xinhua
28 Sep 2022, 11:55 GMT+10

WARSAW, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Hosts Poland continued their perfect run at the 2022 FIVB Women's World Championship as they outplayed Thailand 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 in Gdansk on Tuesday.

Before the match, coach Stefano Lavarini warned his players that it could be a challenge to beat Thailand, but the Poles handled the pressure to play a great match.

Opposite Magdalena Stysiak was the most prolific scorer, taking 26 points, while middle blocker Agnieszka Korneluk added 13. Opposite Pimpichaya Kokram earned 11 for Thailand.

During the game, the tournament co-hosts made a perfect start. Stysiak opened the match with three blocks and an effective spike. Olivia Rozanski delivered an ace to make it 8-1 to Poland at the first technical break.

Poland maintained at least a five-point advantage to control the game. The visitors, who had beaten Turkiye in the previous round, looked helpless in the opening stages.

Thailand found their feet in the second set. Chatchu-On Moksri led the team with powerful attacks, while Kamila Witkowska and Zuzanna Gorecka missed the line for Poland, allowing Danai Sriwacharamaytakui's side to go 9-5 in front.

However, Poland turned the tide with strong serves by Rozanski, and Thailand couldn't stop Korneluk and Stysiak.

Earlier in the day, outside hitter Saliha Sahin led Turkey to beat South Korea 25-14, 25-13, 25-13.

In another Pool B match in Gdansk on Tuesday, the Dominican Republic beat Croatia 25-20, 25-15, 25-21, with Croatia unable to find a way to stop hitters Yonkaira Pena and Brayelin Martinez as they scored 15 each.

Also on Tuesday but in the Netherlands, China took their second consecutive victory in the tournament. The 2016 Olympic champions smashed Colombia 25-16, 25-21, 25-16, collecting six points, the same as Japan and Brazil.

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