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Sendai, Japan, July 14, 2017 – Hosts Japan open the weekend with a four set sweep against Thailand with 3-1 (25-19, 17-25, 25-18, 25-19), as Risa Shinnabe leads the team with 20 points.

With 18 attacks, one block and one ace, Risa Shinnabe led as the best scorer, followed by Sarina Koga who scored 18 points (16 attacks and 2 blocks). On Thailand’s side Ajcharaporn Kongyot scored 15 points, including 11 attacks and four impressive blocks, while her fellow teammate Pleumjit Thinkaow added 11 spikes through the middle.

Throughout the whole match, the set winner didn’t allow the opponent so score above 20 points. Japan showed better disposition at the service line, scoring 8 points in comparison to Thailand’s 3.

Japan coach, Nakada Kumi – “We had a trouble with Thailand’s speedy combos. Our service, which we worked on in training camp, was better than before. We play Serbia tomorrow, and they play an entirely different style, so we will try to do the best we can against that. […] This was our first match of the tournament here in Japan, and there was a lot of pressure, and I don’t think we played our best.”

Japan wing spiker, Risa Shinnabe – “Our first set was good today, but we didn’t play so well in the second set. Thailand’s combination volleyball is really good, and their middle and side are really speedy. We had a lot of fans in attendance today, so we’ll try to do our best for them again tomorrow.”

Thailand coach, Danai Sriwacharamaytakul – “During the game we tried to recover when in trouble, but we made a bunch of mistakes, so we couldn’t really do it. The quality of this match was really good, and I think the rest of this tournament will be a really great experience for our young players.”

Thailand captain, Pleumjit Thinkaow – “The tempo of the game was good today, but we made a few simple mistakes. Japan’s service was really strong, so we couldn’t receive as well as we’d like. We couldn’t play the combination volleyball that we’re used to.”


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