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THAILAND EARNS TWO ASIAN U19 BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS MEDALS WITH FIVB VOLLEYBALL EMPOWERMENT COACH SUPPORT

THAILAND EARNS TWO ASIAN U19 BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS MEDALS WITH FIVB VOLLEYBALL EMPOWERMENT COACH SUPPORT

The continental event took place in Roi-Et

  • Hosts Thailand win womenโ€™s silver and menโ€™s bronze at the Asian U19 Championships with FIVB Volleyball Empowerment support
  • Teams from Australia and China claim the womenโ€™s gold and bronze
  • A pair from Iran wins the menโ€™s final against a duo from Lebanon
  • Qualifying teams in the Asian Volleyball Federation for the 2024 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships decided

FIVB Volleyball Empowerment supported Thailand hosted last weekโ€™s Asian U19 Beach Volleyball Championships at the Ban Nong Ya Ma Community School Courts in Roi-Et and its teams picked up two medals, one per gender. 

Varagkhana Sogalee & Somruedee Koedkaew took silver in the womenโ€™s tournament, while Rueangrit Wiromrat & Suranath Rattanapolsaen claimed bronze in the menโ€™s competition. Through these results, Thailand booked main draw spots at this summerโ€™s FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships in China for both genders.

The Australian womenโ€™s pairing of Jasmine Rayner & Cameron Zajer and the menโ€™s duo from Iran, of Amir Ali Ghaleh Novi & Habib Akbarzadeh Kashani topped the continental podiums. The womenโ€™s bronze went to Qi Siyu & Lei Yijing of China and the menโ€™s silver was claimed by Hadi El Chabib & Jad Abi Karam of Lebanon. The Thailand Volleyball Association President Somporn Chaibangyang headlined the awarding ceremony.

The Thailand Volleyball Associationโ€™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.

Varagkhana & Somruedee (pictured in the main photo; credits: Thailand Volleyball Association) reached the womenโ€™s final on a five-game winning run, dropping only a set along the way. In the semi-finals, the top-seeded home team faced another duo from Thailand, 21st-seeded Piyathida Onlaoo & Orathai Sembut, and mastered a 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) victory. Second-seeded Rayner & Zajer produced a 2-0 (21-13, 21-16) sweep of the other semi-final against 16th-seeded Qi & Lei before snatching the continental title upon a 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) win over Varagkhana & Somruedee.

Qi & Lei collected the bronze medals after a 2-0 (21-14, 25-23) victory over Piyathida & Orathai in the third-place match.

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In the menโ€™s tournament, Ruengrit & Suranath, competing as the 18th seed in the…

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