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World Grand Prix 2005 - Press Conference

Press conference

Japan beat Thailand 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22) - duration 1:40
10-Jul, start time: 17:00, end time: 18:40 - Attendance: 4'000
City: Bangkok; Hall : Mall Convention Center
Thailand
"We played well. It's a pity that we could not beat Japan despite the fact that we had such chance. In the third set, we had several opportunities to counter-attack, but our attempts were foiled by the Japan's excellent teamwork. I think we still have the problem on receiving the first ball. I think we have more to improve, particularly our receiving. At the same time, we have to offend faster. Our setter also has to be much stronger. For the future strategy, I have to discuss about all these things with staff coach. As for our chances in the next month's World Championship Qualification Asian Zone Group B in Ratchaburi, I'm convinced that we stand a better chance of booking a place to play in the next year's World Championship Finals in Japan." - head coach Sutichai Chanbunchee

Japan
"It was a tough match against Thailand and their fans. We struggled to hit form. They played very well, especially their players No.5, 11 and 9 (Pleumjit Thinkeow, Amporn Hyapha and Piyamas Koijapo). They came with almost the same standard as my girls' and that caused us much trouble to play. However, Thailand suffered on serving and spiking on the third set and my girls just seized the chance to counter-attack. I'm happy with my girls' performance, but at the same time, I have to praise the Thai girls for their gutsy display and a spirited challenge. They must be one of the strong teams to be reckoned with in the near future major tournaments." - head coach Shoichi Yanagimoto