Lausanne, Switzerland, November 29, 2019 – The calendar year is almost over but there’s still time for one more challenge in 2019 for several teams participating in the biennial SEA Games in Manila, Philippines.
The regional multi-sport event introduces a talented crop of players that will show off their talents to a worldwide audience and brings seasoned players a chance to improve their legacies.
Volleyball is one of the most followed events in the SEA Games, we take a look at three players who could stand out in women’s volleyball in volleyball SEA games 2019.
Pleumjit Thinkaow (THA)
Pleumjit Thinkaow is the most seasoned player in the Thai women’s team with a playing career lasting over two decades. She is considered as a role model and hero, who has built a lasting legacy for the sport in the country by the Thai fans.
This middle blocker helped her team achieve its best result at the world level – a fourth-place at the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in 2012. Her perfect timing in blocking makes her the main player in Thailand’s successful campaigns at the Asian level with two Asian Championship titles in 2009 and 2013 and a runner-up result at the Asian Games in 2018.
The 36-year-old hopes that Thailand’s performance in the volleyball SEA games 2019 will help them prepare for their campaign to qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time when they compete against other Asian teams in the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand in January.
Nootsara Tomkom (THA)
Another player to watch out at volleyball SEA Games 2019 is Thailand’s Nootsara Tomkom, who has built a name for herself as one of the world’s best setters and is among the best Asian volleyball players. One of her special skills is her amazing playmaking and connection to her spikers, and likewise her ability to act as a mentor to the younger Thai players. Nootsara also has a great personality which makes her the darling of Thailand. She carries undeniable creativity in her setting and the plays she crafts for her teammates.
The Ratchaburi native starts playing volleyball, following in her sister’s footsteps, whom she idolized when she was young. She has played all positions but a coach recognized her nature when playing the setter position. She soon became a mainstay of the national team which helped her gain international club team recognition.
Amalia Nabila (INA)
Amalia Fajrina Nabila became a member of the Indonesian women’s senior team pool at age 13 and was the volleyball prodigy of her country, with skills that kids her age rarely possess. Indonesia won the bronze medal at the Southeast Asian Games 2013 in Bangkok but Amalia was not included in the final roster. In the next edition, Amalia claimed her first SEA Games bronze in Laos at the age of 15 and soon after helped her team claim consistent bronze medal finishes in the succeeding editions.
This 25-year-old packs a lot of firepower from the three-meter line and deliveries a lot of consistency on offense for her team. She remains the main player and her presence at the volleyball SEA Games 2019 will be important if her team is to win another medal this year.