Tuesday, 28 May 2024

CNT-Thailand Team Opens Competition Schedule

The U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team – Thailand Tour (CNT-Thailand) kicked off its competitive schedule in Bangkok with a match against Supreme, the reigning champions of the Thai professional league. Despite a loss in a thrilling five-set battle, the CNT-Thailand team showed tremendous skill and determination.

A Promising Start for CNT-Thailand

The match, originally scheduled for a best-of-five format, went into five sets to accommodate the intense level of competition. The CNT-Thailand team put up a strong fight, led by Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani from the University of Texas, who contributed 13 points with her powerful kills and solid blocks. Chiaka Ogbogu and Kaz Brown, both from the University of Texas, also made significant contributions with their impressive performances.

Supporting Cast Shines

The CNT-Thailand team showcased its depth and talent as Morgan Johnson, Madison Ridgon, and Jordan Thompson each made valuable contributions to the team’s overall performance. Micaya White, McKenna Woodford, and Lily Johnson also had standout moments during the match. The setters, Taylor Hughes and Taylor Nelson, displayed their skill and versatility, while libero Brittany Witt showcased her solid reception skills.

Dominance at the Net

Despite the loss, the CNT-Thailand team displayed their prowess at the net, out-blocking Supreme with an impressive 15 blocks. However, the team faced challenges in passing, which Supreme capitalized on, delivering 12 aces. The CNT-Thailand team aims to improve in this aspect in their upcoming matches.

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Exciting Matches Ahead

The CNT-Thailand team has an exciting lineup of matches ahead. They will face the Thai National Team on May 23, followed by a match against Bangkok Glass Professional Team on May 24. The tour will conclude with two matches against the Thai National Team on May 25 and May 29. All matches will take place at the FIVB Development Center in Bangkok.

Road to CNT-Thailand

The athletes selected for the CNT-Thailand roster underwent a rigorous selection process during the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts. This tour is just one of the many CNT programs taking place this summer, including a European tour and another training and competing in Minneapolis.

FAQs

Q: Who is on the CNT-Thailand roster?

A: The CNT-Thailand roster includes standout athletes from various universities, such as Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani, Kaz Brown, Taylor Hughes, Lily Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Taylor Nelson, Chiaka Ogbogu, Madison Ridgon, Jordan Thompson, Micaya White, Brittany Witt, and McKenna Woodford.

Q: What is the schedule for the CNT-Thailand tour?

A: The CNT-Thailand team will face the Thai National Team on May 23, Bangkok Glass Professional Team on May 24, and the Thai National Team again on May 25 and May 29. All matches will take place at the FIVB Development Center in Bangkok.

Summary

The CNT-Thailand team commenced their competitive schedule in Bangkok against the reigning champions, Supreme. Although they faced a loss, the team demonstrated exceptional skill and determination. Led by Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani, Chiaka Ogbogu, and Kaz Brown, the team put up an impressive fight. The supporting players, including Morgan Johnson, Madison Ridgon, and Jordan Thompson, also showcased their talent. While the CNT-Thailand team dominated at the net, they faced challenges in passing, which they aim to improve upon in future matches. Exciting matches against the Thai National Team and Bangkok Glass Professional Team await them. This tour is part of the extensive CNT programs happening this summer, highlighting the depth of talent in collegiate women’s volleyball.

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