Thailand came up short on Sunday as the team lost to their rival Japan in the 2019 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship in Seoul.
Thai spikers lost 1-3 (22-25, 25-18, 18-25, 23-25) in a hard-fought match that lasted one hour and 45 minutes at Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium.
It was a repeat of the 2017 showdown that was won 3-2 by the Japanese.
Thailand shocked 13 times champions China in the semi-finals on Saturday, while Japan, which sent a young team to the competition this year, made their way to the final by beating the host South Korea 3-1 in the semi-finals.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha tweeted after the match to give the Thai team moral support. “They had a good fight and won the hearts of all Thais,” he wrote.