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TEAMS FROM THAILAND DOMINATE SAVA U19 BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH FIVB VOLLEYBALL EMPOWERMENT SUPPORT

TEAMS FROM THAILAND DOMINATE SAVA U19 BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH FIVB VOLLEYBALL EMPOWERMENT SUPPORT

The zonal event took place in Roi Et

  • Hosts Thailand dominate the podium in the womenโ€™s and menโ€™s SAVA Southeast Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships with five out of six medals
  • A pair from Vietnam secured menโ€™s silver

FIVB Volleyball Empowerment supported Thailand hosted last weekโ€™s Southeast Asian Volleyball Association (SAVA) U19 Beach Volleyball Championships at the Ban Nong Ya Ma Community School Courts in Roi-Et. Teams from the host country earned five of the six medals handed out at Sundayโ€™s closing ceremony, which was presided over by Somporn Chaibangyang, President of both the SAVA and the Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA).

TVAโ€™s beach volleyball department has so far been allocated a total of CHF 216,000 worth of FIVB Volleyball Empowerment coach support and their national teams have been training under the guidance of Brazilian coach Adriana Bento.

Seventh-seeded Varagkhana Sogalee & Somruedee Koedkaew dominated the womenโ€™s tournament in Roi-Et. They swept all six of their matches in straight sets and crowned their victorious run with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-11) win over fourth-seeded compatriots Inthira Bunpasong & Suchipha Rittila in Sundayโ€™s gold medal showdown (pictured in the main photo; credits: Thailand Volleyball Association). The silver medallists had also reached the final without dropping a single set along the way.

The third participating Thai pair also made it to the podium. Second-seeded Wannaparin Rodchuai & Orathai Sembut produced a 2-0 (21-13, 21-18) victory over sixth-seeded Alifa Zahwa Arifin & Mido Maya Saputri of Indonesia for the bronze.

Earlier on Sunday, Varagkhana & Somruedee defeated Alifa & Mido by 2-0 (21-17, 21-19), while Inthira & Suchipha beat Wannaparin & Orathai by 2-0 (21-7, 21-15) in the semi-finals.

Womenโ€™s results and standings

In the menโ€™s tournament, an eight-match winning streak brought ninth-seeded Rueangrit Wiromrat & Suranath Rattanapolsaen to the top of the podium. While the Thai duo lost only a set during the first six games played in Roi-Et, they persevered through two three-set battles in both of their last two matches on Sunday. In the semi-finals, they outlasted eighth-seeded compatriots Chalermkeat Yangdee & Teeraphat Patang to claim a 2-1 (21-17, 20-22, 15-3) victory. After a narrow first two sets in the final against 10th-seeded Hoang Long Nguyen & Chanh Sa May Danh of Vietnam, Rueangrit & Suranath celebrated a 2-1 (19-21, 22-20, 15-7) comeback to clinch the…

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