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McCutcheon: USA can play better

USA coach Hugh McCutcheon gave credit to Thailand but said his team can play better
USA coach Hugh McCutcheon

I'm disappointed about the way we started the match, but not surprised. We just had some problems managing our side of the court and made a lot of uncharacteristic errors. As the match wore on we focused on the things we could control and started to play better and get into a better rhythm. Were we perfect: No. Can we play better: Yes. I'm optimistic we'll do better tomorrow. Thailand have a number of highly skilled players and they are well-coached. It was a very good team out there. We're taking things point by point and day by day. It's a very long tournament. Our focus now is on Croatia and winning the first point tomorrow. There's always pressure on every team; that's part of playing in the World Championshi.

Defensively, we were OK today; it was more an issue of unforced errors at the beginning. Offensively, they play fast and have hitters with a wide range and good arms and they do things differently from what we are used to seeing. They are a good, skilful team and they will cause somebody some problems here.

USA captain Jennifer Tamas:

Thailand is a tough team to play because they are so good defensively. We will try to focus on our serve and pass game for the rest of this tournament. We're trying to get into a rhythm in this first series and we had some ups and downs. We must try to be better at the service line.

Thailand coach Kitattipong Radchatagriengkai:

It's great for our team to play one of the best teams in the world. We are trying to do our best, step by step, point by point and follow our game plan. The USA are very good and we learnded many things.

Thailand captain Wilavan Apinyapong:

Today, we tried to do our best and it was a good learning experience for us to play against one of the best teams in the world. We tried to keep up with them, but the USA are just too strong.

We'll try to decrease our mistakes and control our performance against Kazakhstan.

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