Macau, China, May 30, 2019 – A gritty display by Belgium today saw them overcome Thailand with a straight-set victory 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-23). The one-sided scoreline was by no means a fair reflection of how the two teams performed however, and Belgium coach Gert Vande Broek showed his admiration of the kind of volleyball that the Thailand team play.
Belgium coach Gert Vande Broek said: “It is great to finish this game week with an important win for my team. I have huge respect for the Thailand team because I am such a big fan of the way they play volleyball, and I believe that their tactical combinations and the way they search for solutions in both attack and defence are great for the promotion of volleyball. Both teams are so evenly matched and 3-0 is really a tough scoreline for Thailand because both teams deserve to win today.”
Belgium captain Ilka Van De Vyver said: “We are very happy with the win and it is very important for us to get three points. I think we would not have been able to win without our serves today. Our opponents played very well with lots of tactical variations, but we overcame them with our serves.”
Thailand coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul said: “The Belgium players received the ball excellently today. We tried our best to mount a comeback but we were not able to defend against their attack.”
Thailand captain Nootsara Tomkom said: “I would like to congratulate Belgium on their win today. They put up a good display today and they overpowered us with their serves and attack.”