Thailand ended their 2019 FIVB Nations League campaign with a 3-0 loss to United States in the final Pool 19 match in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on Thursday.
The Americans won 25-13, 25-20, 25-17 to end the fifth and final week of the preliminary round with a perfect 3-0 record. They temporarily moved to the top of the 16-team standings ahead of other pool games with a 12-3 win-loss record.
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The US are now unbeaten in their last 13 world level encounters with Thailand.
Thailand, who stunned hosts Russia 3-1 on Wednesday for their fifth win overall, lost their 10th match.
Onuma Sittirak was Thailand’s top scorer with 11 points while Ajcharaporn Kongyot had nine.
For the US team, Karsta Lowe scored 20 points and Lauren Gibbemeyer had 12.
Russia were due to play the Netherlands in the second and final pool match later last night.
In Boryeong, South Korea, the Dominican Republic prevailed 3-2 (25-17, 25-23, 24-26, 26-28, 15-10) against Japan in Pool 20 although after yesterday’s results both teams were already out of contention in the race for the final six in Nanjing, China.
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The clash at Boryeong Gymnasium saw the Dominican Republic’s Bethania de la Cruz score 35 points and Japan’s Ai Kurogo 30 for a first ever double 30+ in an FIVB Nations League match.
Poland (9-6), who were without star player Malwina Smarzek, lost to South Korea (3-12) 3-1 but still made it to the final six.
Kim Yeon-Koung was the highest scorer for the Koreans with 19 points.