Thai imports Jaisaen, Boonlert still reeling from death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Natthanicha Jaisaen admitted she remained emotional and in mourning before Saturday's game due to the death of Thailand's King Bhumiibol Adulyadej. Freddie Dionisio

THAI imports Natthanicha Jaisaen and Tichaya Boonlert felt they lost a father after Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on Thursday.

Jaisaen, who’s suiting up for Bureau of Customs in the Shakey’s V-League, could not help but cry when she heard the news about their beloved Thai leader and remained in mourning to this day.  

“I was crying when I heard (the news), the whole of Thailand is very sad right now,” she told after BoC defeated University of Santo Tomas, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15, on Saturday.

“He is very loved in Thailand, I feel [like] I lost a father,” she added. “Before coming here, I still cried when I remembered that he is gone already.”

The BoC setter, who had 44 excellent sets in the match, dedicated the win to Adulyadej.

“This game is for him, me and Kanjana Kuthaisong, we offer this game to him,” she said. “Even if I’m away from home, I will fight for him.”

Meanwhile, Boonlert was still a bit shocked when caught up with her at Diamond Hotel where the PSL-F2 Logistics Manila is billeted for the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship on October 18-23.

The 29-year old setter needed a minute before she could speak out her thoughts.

“I feel very sad, I am one with the mourning of my countrymen,” said Boonlert, while trying to hold back her tears. 

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