Thailand Coach Kiattipong
I want to
congratulate the Japan team. I want to thank all the staff working
for this tournament and the Thai fans.
Today, we did our
best, but we couldn't win and it was disappointing. Japan played
well, especially blocking and attacking. Japan prepared for this game
and they knew all about the Thai team, and I felt that they really
wanted to beat us. I hope Japan can do well in their last two games.
Thailand keep their lead?)
The reason is the
setter and players in our attack could not coordinate themselves at
all, and the quality of our offense was very poor. When we were not
doing well, Japan did very well. That's why we fell behind. The
players in the back court made many mistakes and they became stressed
out because of that, and in the final set they couldn't get over this
and felt a lot of pressure, which the Japanese exploited.
(Re. Next games)
We were happy to
win the Asian title, but it wasn't expected. At the Asian
Championship all our attacks and moves went well. For the future, we
will do our best and we would like to play in international
tournaments. Our final goal is to play in the Olympics in London.
Thailand Captain Wilavan Apinyapong
Today was hard. It
wasn't easy to break the combination of the Japanese players and
especially digging out the serves was tough. I was happy with our
last two matches, but today we played poorly. We have to study how
the Japanese play in order to be able to win next time.
(Re. Last game vs.
The Japanese team
have studied how we play very well and they've learned how to
Her service was
fast and we weren't able to deal with it.
Japan Coach Masayoshi Manabe
concentrated and this is why we could win.
(Re. You said
Yamaguchi is a stable player for the team; how about Ishida?)
Ishida is a
moodmaker for our team. I changed Takeshita with Ishida and she made
the atmosphere of our team really good.
I haven't studied
them yet, but we'll do our best and we will watch a video of their
game tonight and prepare for the match.
(Re. Absence of
She injured her
knee. I don't know much about what happened to her knee. I will
decide what to do after checking.
(In the second set
you put Tominaga into the game; what do you think about her?)
very hard. She has a good serve and is very important as a
She received well,
so I want her to play like today in the other two games.
(How do you
evaluate the three days so far?)
I don't know what
percentage I should give the team. Like today, if we have good
reception, we can play a fast game, but we need to raise the
individual level of the players.
(Who is the star
of today's game?)
Today's star is
Ishida and the lineup in the last set.
Japan No. 12 Saori Kimura
Championship when Japan played Thailand we lost, so I didn't want to
lose even one set today. So I'm happy with the win today.
reception with Sano – was it an additional burden to receive?)
That's what we
always practice so there's no problem.
(How do you
evaluate today's game?)
As a team, we made
easy mistakes in the first two sets, so the start was not good, but
in the end we won, so it could be good for our next game.
I don't know if I
was good or bad today, but I just didn't want to lose a set.
Japan No. 9 Mizuho Ishida
I'm happy to win
today because we lost at the Asian Championship.
(You did well in
spiking and receiving in second set; how did you prepare for that?)
gave me advice and helped me.
(How about today's
I don't know how I
played, but I was helped a lot by my teammates. Although I couldn't
play like I wanted to, the team played as a unit.