The women's volleyball team which won the Asian championship last month has been awarded royal decorations by His Majesty the King.

The honors have been bestowed after the team won the Asian women’s volleyball championship, defeating Japan in three straight sets in front of a cheering home crowd in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The Thai team had earlier defeated China in a five-set semi-final to set up a head-to-head with the Japanese team, ranked No. 3 in the world

Team captain Ms. Wilavan Apinyapong was voted the tournament’s most valuable player, with Nootsara Tomkom voted best setter.

The players who receive the Commander (Third Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant include Ms Wilavan, Ms Nootsara, Wanna Buakaew and On-uma Sittirak.

The team coaches and other officials who are awarded the same class of royal decorations are Kiattipong Radchatakriangkrai , Nattaphon Srisamutnak ,and Danai Sriwatcharamethakul.

The players are set to visit Japan in November to represent Asia in the FIVB World Grand Championships Cup, where they will compete with players from Europe and North and South Americas as well as host country Japan.

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