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World Grand Prix 2005 - Press Conference

Press conference

U.S.A. beat Thailand 3-1 (25-14, 25-20, 13-25, 25-22) - duration 1:42
08-Jul, start time: 14:00, end time: 15:42 - Attendance: 2'500
City: Bangkok; Hall : Mall Convention Center
"I'm happy with my girls' performance. They played very well, especially in the third set. In fact, I did not expect that my team could beat USA since they are one of the strong teams in this year's World Grand Prix. I just hoped that my girls could score more than 20 points in each set. The third-set win was really beyond my expectation. They showed firm determination to win the set and it paid off pretty well. However, I think we still have many things to improve, particularly our receiving and blocking. We have the height disadvantage and this is the main problem we could not overcome whenever we play the much taller rivals. Against Poland in the next match, we have to work more on blocking and spiking. If we can maintain our form, I'm convinced our next match against Poland will be a competitive one." - head coach Sutichai Chanbunchee.

"We played well in the first two sets, but Thailand improved their game in the third set with good serves and fast spikes. In the fourth set, I think we still played well although it's somewhat inconsistent. Thailand is a good team. They improved a lot. Their players - Pleumjit Thinkeow, Amporn Hyapha and Wilavan Apinyapong - played very well. I think we have to improve more on spiking and serving. All participating teams in Bangkok leg which comprise Japan, Poland and Thailand are strong teams. Against the Japanese in the next match, I dare not say we can beat them easily. They are tough and fast-attacking. I just told my girls to do their best." - head coach Lang Ping.