Head Coach Tatsuya Ueta instructs his players against Thailand
Head Coach Tatsuya Ueta: We played with a good tension because we were aware of the last Asian Championship, when China defeated Australia and Japan lost against Thailand. This time Korea defeated Australia so I did not want the same nightmare situation. This time, before the game started we resolved what we should do in this game. We found our pace through Ishijima's serving in the first set, and by putting pressure on their No. 3 (Wanchai) in the early stages. That was the reason for our victory. Against Australia the day after tomorrow it will be a question of service for both teams.
(On why he started with setter Tomonaga instead of Usami): In yesterday's game the centre players did not function well and because of that we used Tomonaga, who can use the centre players better than Usami.
(Evaluating today's match): We could not make a good attack from our defence, so we will have to think about how we can make a good attack as soon as the ball is received.
Captain Masaji Ogino: In the first set it was a very close game. Our service was not working well and we could not put them under pressure. But in the latter half of the match we did a strong serve and our block also was good. Against Australia (on Friday), we lost our last two matches, so this time we must have the spirit of a challenger.
Yusuke Ishijima: From the early stages we had some uneasy atmosphere, so we need to concentrate more in those kind of situations. We must keep our fighting spirit and aggressive mood.
Kosuke Tomonaga: It was my first time to be a starting member (in this tournament), so I had to focus on keeping control of my team. Against Australia (on Friday) we always suffer with their strong serve and block, so we must prepare especially in serve reception.
Head Coach Monchai Supajirakul: We made a very good start and almost won the first set, but in the second and third sets I felt there was a difference in experience between Japan and us. we learned a lot from this game. Overall I am proud of our players and their performance.
Captain Pongsakom Nimawan: I am happy with my team because they performed well in the first set. We lost the second and third sets because we could not show our true ability and Japan was too good for us. It was good that we could bring new members into the court one by one and give them the experience to play in a game like this. Obviously there was a negative effect because our ace attacker (Wanchai) had a shoulder injury.