Thai NT 2019

  • It’s a 4-1 between THA and PHI. They played 5 sets and THA lost the last set 9-15. I’m not sure who’s playing in the last set as I couldn’t find the clip.


    THA used mostly young players with Wilavan.


    Missing on court: Nootsara (minor foot injury), Chutchu-on (other commitment), and Onuma.

  • And the secret advantage of a tall setter is ... ?


    They both look kind of husky and slow to me. Not sure that's going to help.


    This is a weird story

    just guessing, but PHI federation thinks having a tall setter in the line up is an advantage in net defense, but that would only help so much if they were a good blocking teams, which they really aren't. They have poor floor defense and reception as well....so a tall setter can only do so much......


    their tall fil-american OH is a strong hitter, but yeah, she is slow, poor in defense both at the net and floor, so yeah....then their best native OH was recently injured, so she is out of the picture for a bit...they said she needs a week of recovery, but I think might take longer than that.


    what's worse for them is that their nt pool couldn't even have practice session together with every player and head coach in attendance. So I don't see them getting pass Vietnam and Indonesia, but maybe they will pull a surprise...

  • just guessing, but PHI federation thinks having a tall setter in the line up is an advantage in net defense

    That's what middle blockers are for :rolll:


    This is such a weird story. Do you know how tall they are? They don't look more than 180cm, if that. I was expecting Gamova! PHI tossed away a lot these past months for this. I wish them the best as long as it's not at the expense of a team I like more :)

  • the two American are, OH is 6'1'' and the setter in 6'2''. The other native PHI players are all 5'11 and below. But what do THA have to worry about when they can dig and block Zhu, Boskovic and Egnou etc. at times lol


    but agreed, they shouldn't have wasted those AVC tournaments so that their team could have gain some experiences for the better. Good luck to them.

  • I assume they are going to play in the inaugural ball: The South East Asian Grand Prix 2019? Four teams competing. Weird story, I say.

    yes, that's why they went to have a training session in Thailand to prepare and since Thailand is hosting the first leg. They also played Toray arrows a few days ago in Thailand and it was even worse at 5-0.


    the PHI has the worst federation, they can't organized training session with everyone, so they think if they go to various countries for a week or two before big events, they can get better. sorry to break it to them, it takes years and years as a cohesive team to improve

  • blue1234 sorry to hijack your Thai thread, but do you know if the Santiago sisters are going to play? Jaja is taller than that

    lol, no problem. as far as I understand, JaJa doesn't have permission from Medics to return in time to play for her country this year. They only allowed her 1 week, but that is not enough time, so she is staying in her Japanese club instead. Her older sister, I'm not sure about, but she isn't even on the roster this year or something like that.


    And yes, JaJa is the tallest native PHI player at about 6'4-5''. Since her Japanese stint last year, she has improve somewhat, but she still has an awkward jump. The girl need Lang Ping to be her personal coach, so she can train her to be fast like the tall Chinese ;).

  • They said the objective of the “ASEAN Grand Prix” is to develop skills of other countries in the region to be more close to Thailand.


    I personally don’t see the point here especially in the time so close to the Asian OQ and the SEA games is coming in a few months anyway.


    Let’s hope there’s no more injured players out of this. At least, Nootsara gets to rest this one out. (I hope Onuma and PJ can as well)

  • I seen some interviews and their new OH seems passionate to play for the Philippines NT. The setter on the otherhand sounds like she doesn't really care.


    Like them, I'm also from Hawaii just from a different island. I watched some of Kalei's (the OH) college matches before and she can hit some hard balls, but at times be error prone. I'm not sure how she will do against tougher and smarter competition.


    It's a total waste that they skipped those other competitions. Those could've helped with experience and development.

  • I seen some interviews and their new OH seems passionate to play for the Philippines NT. The setter on the otherhand sounds like she doesn't really care.


    Like them, I'm also from Hawaii just from a different island. I watched some of Kalei's (the OH) college matches before and she can hit some hard balls, but at times be error prone. I'm not sure how she will do against tougher and smarter competition.


    It's a total waste that they skipped those other competitions. Those could've helped with experience and development.

    I think Kalei had some kind of shoulder injury while in the Puerto Rician eague. But seems she is fine now and yes agreed about her being a hard hitter., just doesnt have the highest court intellect.

  • I wonder why they dont train the second setter from u23 squad for the senior NT? She is better than Tichaya, but Tichaya always gets started over her.


    And also train the u18 libero.

    They just announced Thai roster for the ASEAN Grand Prix. Same players as the Asian championship except Nootsara and Yupa. Gullapa is the second setter here.


    Also, Pimpichaya is back :)

  • I wonder why they dont train the second setter from u23 squad for the senior NT? She is better than Tichaya, but Tichaya always gets started over her.


    And also train the u18 libero.

    Agree. Both of them have potential to be in the senior team. I do hope they will get that chance next year when most of the golden girls retire.


    To be honest, I will be sad when the day comes. They’re the part of this squad for almost 20 years. It’s hard to think of Thai volleyball without PJ, Nootsara, Onuma, etc.

  • agreed, it will be weird/sad not seeing them there anymore possibly after next year. But it comes time the younger girls take charge on their own.


    I've been watching some of the Taiwan invitational games and the Thai u23 girls are doing pretty good. Wipawee is fighting hard, seems she wants to keep her spot on the NT. Thanacha also seems to have improve as well. Her serving is pretty nice too. She will a good back up OP for Pimpichaya.


    I wonder when will Nong U-Fa from 3bb's u16 team get a chance to be on the youth NT team? She kinda reminds me of an Ajcharaporn type of player.

    It will be nice to have several good back up OH/OP in the event that the main ones are injured, sick etc.