THAILAND CELEBRATE THIRD VNL WIN AMONG IMMENSE HOME CROWD

THAILAND CELEBRATE THIRD VNL WIN AMONG IMMENSE HOME CROWD

Bangkok, Thailand, June 4, 2019 – Thirty points and a brilliant performance from Ajcharaporn Kongyot helped Thailand get their third win in the 2019 VNL against Bulgaria at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok on Tuesday.

With the comeback 3-1 (25-27 25-20 25-22 25-22) win against world No.16 Bulgaria, Thailand, which earlier beat Germany and Korea in straight sets, now have 9 points from 3 wins against 4 losses to come in 10th place at the 16-team standing.

Danai Sriwacharamaytakul, coach of Thailand: “This match was really tough because we played against players who are very tall. A big support from our fans motivated us and gave us a good fight in crucial points. For this match, I would like to thank the fans for their cheering.”

When asked about Wednesday’s match against the Dominican Republic, the Thai coach said, “For the Dominicans, I think they have been playing really well, but for today they had a lot of mistakes because of their jetlag flight from Europe. I think their performance will continuously get better and better. We have to improve our team and reduce our mistakes.”

Nootsara Tomkom, captain of Thailand: “For today, we would like to thank the Thai fans who came to cheer us. With their cheering support, I think it gave us more energy to beat Bulgaria. Also thank you to everyone in the team for doing very well today. We lost to them last time at the World Championship and this time we prepared our game plans a lot to play them.”

When asked about tomorrow’s game against the Dominican Republic, Nootsara added: “Tomorrow we also play against tall players, so we will try to improve our serving to make it hard for them to receive the ball.”

Ivan Petkov, coach of Bulgaria: “For our team I think today we played the best match, but the problem for our team today is we struggled with service reception and defence.We also need to improve our service. We will try our best for the remaining two matches.”

Lora Kittipoca, captain of Bulgaria: “We tried to do our best for the game in front of these amazing spectators and our emotion was high. The problem today is we made too many mistakes in a row and I think this is the big problem for our team. At this level, mistakes like this should not be allowed.”

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