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Thai volleyball star Nootsara named among world’s top 100 players

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Thailand’s Nootsara “Sara” Tomkom has been named one of the world’s top 100 volleyball players by the sport’s global governing body.

Nootsara is the only Thai player chosen by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) for its “Roster 100: The World’s Best 2010-2020”.

The 38-year-old setter played a key role in the Thailand women team’s rise to global success, highlighted by a straight-sets win against volleyball giants Brazil in 2017.

As the team’s playmaker, Nootsara runs the offence and creates scoring opportunities for the team, the FIVB explained. “But Nootsara is no ordinary setter, as she goes for creativity and a higher degree of difficulty in setting.”

The Roster 100 consists of both male and female volleyball and beach volleyball players from around the world.

The ranking of the world’s best players over the last decade features 19 Asian and Oceania athletes.

1. Pata and Matauatu, Vanuatu

2. Yuki Ishikawa, Japan

3. Saeid Marouf, Iran

4. Cherif Younousse, Qatar

5. Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami, Japan

6. Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi, Iran

7. Thomas Edgar, Australia

8. Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, Australia

9. Xue Chen and Zhang Xi, China

10. Kim Yeon Koung, Korean

11. Zhu Ting, China

12. Erika Araki, Japan

13. Nootsara Tomkom, Thailand

14. Ding Xia, China

15. Saori Kimura, Japan

16. Yuji Nishida, Japan


Published : March 22, 2021