Thailand in must-win situation against Kazakhstan


Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 2016 - Thailand have to recover from their dramatic loss to Japan at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament on Wednesday and win against Kazakhstan on the fifth competition day in Tokyo in order to keep their Olympic hopes alive.

• Kazakhstan won their only World Olympic Qualification meeting with Thailand, 3-1 in 2008.
• Their last encounter came at the 2015 Asian Championship. Thailand won in straight sets in the second round.
• Kazakhstan's last victory over Thailand came in the first round of the 2014 World Championship (3-0).
• The last five-setter played between the teams was at the 2008 World Grand Prix, won by Kazakhstan.

• Thailand risk losing four matches in a row at the World Olympic Qualification tournament for the first time since five consecutive defeats in 2008-2012.
• Thailand lost their last World Olympic Qualification match 3-2 against Japan. It was the first five-setter of this year's competition.
• Thailand have lost all three of their five-setters at a World Olympic Qualification tournament.
• Thailand have two players with 10+ stuff blocks in the first four matches - Pleumjit Thinkaow (12) and Thatdao Nuekjang (10). No team has more than one.
• Only Lonneke Sloetjes (56.8%) has a better success percentage of spikes than Pleumjit Thinkaow (49.4%).
• Piyanut Pannoy has 47 digs so far in the competition, joint-most alongside Arisa Sato (JPN).

• Kazakhstan are still waiting on their first win at this World Olympic Qualification tournament. They had finished their previous campaign in 2008 with two wins - their only wins at World Olympic Qualification tournaments.
• Kazakhstan's last wins in competitive matches came at the 2015 World Grand Prix in June 2015, when they beat Algeria, Australia and Cuba in successive matches.
• Yekaterina Zhdanova leads her teammates in points (35) and in spikes (29).


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