Thailand: title to Nakhon, who wins an exciting game against Diamond.
Excting conclusion in the Thai men’s championship. In the decisive challenge for the title assignment, Diamond Food Saraburi, who needed a 3-point victory, was 2-1 ahead against Nakhon Ratchasima, who needed to win at least 2 sets.
At that point, the fourth set was worth the title and the partial was thrilling, with Diamond who made a great comeback from 16:20 to 23:23, then canceled 8 match balls from 23:24 to 31:31, and then he also had the opportunity to close on 32:31. Nakhon Ratchasima, however, saved the match point and then exploited 2 reception errors to close 32:34 (and also winning the now irrelevant tie-break).
The new champions have lined up Boonyarid Wongtorn as setter, Thanat Bamrungphakdi opposite, Wanchai Tabwises (awarded MVP of the match) and Janitha Surath (from Sri Lanka, the only foreigner on the field in F4) ouside-hitters, Wuttichai Suksala and Nantawat Taengrathok middle-blocker and the libero Thanapat Charoensuk. The contribution of the bench provided by the second setter Saranchit Charoensuk (he was author of the decisive ace), by the outside-hitter Chakkit Chandahuabong (after his entry Wanchai Tabwises played as opposite) and by the middle-blocker Kittipong Suksala was also determinant. This is the sixth title for Nakhon Ratchasima.
Air Force Chonburi — Lanna Phitsanulok 1:3 (25:20, 21:25, 16:25, 9:25)
Diamond Food Saraburi — Nakhon Ratchasima 2:3 (26:24, 20:25, 25:21, 32:34, 13:15)
Nakhon Ratchasima 16 (6 wins O defeats 18 sets won 4 sets lose)
Diamond Food Saraburi 13 (4w 2d 14sw 7sl)
Lanna Phitsanulok 4 (1w 5d 6sw 16sl)
Air Force Chonburi 3 (1w 5d 5sw 16sl)
Author’s notes: the season finale was played with the following formula – double round robin (21:23 July and 28:30 July) at the end of which the final ranking was drawn up. All matches are visible on the True4U Youtube channel live and on demand after the conclusion.