Lays, Mayany block way for Brazil’s success over Thailand


Brazil's block was insurmountable tonight- here with Edinara and Mayany

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 16, 2017 – Middle blockers Lays and Mayany scored decisive block winners to lead reigning champions Brazil to a hard-earned 4-0 (18-16, 16-14,15-10, 15-7) win against Thailand in the play off 5 to 8 positions of the 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship here in Ljubljana on Saturday evening.

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

On Sunday, titleholders Brazil will take on Cuba for a revenge of their 1-4 defeat in the last Pool B match in the battle for the fifth rank while Thailand challenge China in the race for the seventh place.

Edinara scored 14 attacks to top all scorers in the match; then Drussyla, Lays and Mayany contributed eight points apiece for Brazil’s strong match finish. Thailand's top scorer Thanacha Sooksod, who registered a tournament high and all-time competition record of 32 points on Friday evening, was controlled to score “only” 13 points. Brazil made the main difference with 13-1 blocks.

Brazil enjoy their straight-set win versus Thailand to fight for the fifth place here on Sunday

Thailand started the first two sets with great intensity but eventually could not wrap up the sets in the decisive phases of the match. Brazil’s middle blockers Lays and Mayany ended the Asian firework twice with two remarkable block winners.

The Asians did not recover from the setback while the young Brazilians never looked back until the end of the match. After 62 minutes, Drussyla scored another block kill to offer the reigning champions the chance to battle for the fifth position here in Ljubljana.

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