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Thailand Defeats Bulgaria 3-2 in Women’s Volleyball Nations League

Thailand edged Bulgaria 3-2 in the second match of the final week of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League 2024 preliminary phase at Hong Kong Coliseum on Thursday. This win marked Thailand’s third victory in this year’s tournament.

Following a 3-0 loss to defending champions Turkey in the opening match of Pool 5 on Wednesday, the Thai team made a strong comeback. They secured a hard-fought 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-10 victory over Bulgaria, showcasing their resilience and skill.

Ajcharaporn Kongyot led the Thai attack, scoring 18 points, including 15 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace. Pimpichaya Kokram contributed significantly with 17 points from 16 kills and 1 ace. Team captain and middle blocker, Thatdao Nuekjang, added 15 points with 11 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 ace.

On the Bulgarian side, outside hitter Miroslava Paskova was the top scorer with 22 points, comprising 20 kills and 2 blocks. Maria Yordanova also put up a notable performance, scoring 16 points with 14 kills, 1 block, and 1 ace.

Thailand’s coach, Nataphon Srisamutnak, fielded a starting line-up featuring Chatchu-On Moksri, Pimpichaya Kokram, Ajcharaporn Kongyot, Hattaya Bamrungsuk, Thatdao Nuekjang, Pornpun Guedpard, and Piyanut Pannoy.

In other Pool 5 action in Hong Kong, Brazil triumphed over Germany with a 3-1 victory (25-20, 25-22, 21-25, 26-24).

Meanwhile, in Fukuoka, Japan, the United States defeated the Netherlands 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22), and South Korea narrowly edged France 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-13) in early Pool 6 matches.

Thailand will have a rest day today before returning to action against Poland tomorrow. The match will be broadcast live on Channel 7HD, starting at 4 p.m. Thai time.

The meeting in Hong Kong featured key players and officials from various sectors in Thailand and Bulgaria.

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