Wilavan Apinyapong

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Wilavan Apinyapong
วิลาวัณย์ อภิญญาพงศ์
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Personal information
Full name Wilavan Apinyapong
Nickname Gift
Born (1984-06-06) June 6, 1984 (age 32)
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Spike 314 cm (124 in)
Block 305 cm (120 in)
Volleyball information
Position Outside hitter
Current club Supreme Chonburi
Number 10
National team
2001–present Thailand Thailand

Wilavan Apinyapong (Thai: วิลาวัณย์ อภิญญาพงศ์; RTGS: Wilawan Aphinyaphong, born June 6, 1984) is a Thai professional volleyball player who plays for Azerbaijan Club Igtisadchi Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League and the Thai National Team as an Outside Hitter.[1] She has been the captain for the Thailand women's national volleyball team since 2008. Apinyapong led the Thai team to win the first gold medal at 2009 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship beaten China 3-1 for the first time in history and repeated again in 2013 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship where she also received the MVP award of the event.


Apinyapong signed with the Spanish professional club IBSA Club Voleibol for the 2007-2008 season of the Spanish Superliga, playing with her countrymate Nootsara Tomkom.[2][3] The 2 following seasons she and some of her Thai teammates such as Malika Kanthong, Amporn Hyapha signed with the Turkish club Ereğli Belediye and had a successful club career there.

In 2010, she signed with the Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande under the coach Jenny Lang Ping. Along with the Olympics MVP Feng Kun, Yang Hao, Logan Tom, Jovana Brakočević but most of the time sat on the bench throughout the season because of the limitation of foreigner players, only 2 allowed on the court.

Next Season she moved to another Chinese club team Fujian Xi Meng Bao played along with Pleumjit Thinkaow and the famous Chinese Olympics bronze medalist Xu Yunli.

In 2012 was the golden year for Thai team even though the team failed to qualify to the 2012 Summer Olympics because of the Serbia-Japan fixed match but she still hopeful to have an opportunity to be in the 2016 .Thai team went on to finish 4th place at the 2012 World Grand Prix made it the best result for Thailand since 2002 as the Thai team participated for the first time . After won the gold medal against Asia's power house China at 2012 Asian Women's Cup Volleyball Championship she and her 6 other teammates signed for Igtisadchi Baku and helped the team to win the silver medal at the 2012–13 Azerbaijan Women's Volleyball Super League and qualified for the 2013/2014 CEV Women's Champions League for the very first time since the club was found.

In 2013 She received the MVP award at the 2013 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship . She extended the contract with Igtisadchi Baku for one more year and being named the captain.

In late 2013, after winning the gold medal at 2013 Southeast Asian Games, Apinyapong said that she will not go to compete at the 2014 FIVB Women's World Championship due to join 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, considering that she might have a chance to win at least one medal.





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Preceded by
China Wang Yimei
Most Valuable Player of
Asian Championship

Succeeded by
China Zhu Ting

External links[edit]

Media related to Wilavan Apinyapong at Wikimedia Commons