Macau, China, May 29, 2019 – Thailand edged a closely fought match by three sets to one 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20) against Korea today. Both teams showed lots of grit and fight, and Thailand coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul believed the team spirit showed by his players was the key to victory.
Thailand coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul said: “Today we faced a Korea team with lots of young and energetic players. Their serves are really powerful and they have great pace. Our team showed great team spirit today and this definitely helped us to win this tight match.”
Thailand captain Nootsara Tomkom said: “Korea gave us a hard game today with their strong serves. We had problems with our reception in the last match but fortunately we made improvements today, which allowed us to string some good attacks especially in the crucial sets three and four.”
Korea coach Stefano Lavarini said: “I felt very happy to play against Thailand because their team play in a unique style and playing them can make us improve. We did not start the match well, got better in the second set, then Thailand started giving us more pressure in the third and fourth sets. They showed their quality and fighting spirit and totally deserved to win. The only disappointment I have today is that we did not show the same mentality and could not perform at the same level like yesterday. Congratulations again to Thailand team and we will do our best to keep playing at a high level.”
Korea captain Kim Su Ji said: “We were well-prepared and started the match quite well, however we started to lose concentration towards the latter stage of the game. We aim to prepare better for the next match and hope to improve.”