Opole, Poland – Thailand wasted no time and defeated Germany 3-0 in the first match of Pool 1 of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday.
Good serving was the key for today’s win in coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul’s eyes as his side toppled the European team 26-24 25-19 25-22 but the Thai coach expects a huge challenge against Italy on Wednesday.
Thailand captain Nootsara Tomkom: “Before the tournament we expected to beat one team from these three and we achieved our goal on the first day. We were very focused during the game and helped each other. Moreover, we realized our tactic and played faster. I am happy with the result and ready for next challenge. Of course the most difficult game will be the one against the hosts, but we should be concentrated on every single game at hand.”
Thailand coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul: “Tomorrow we will play with Italy, a very good team which plays perfect on high ball. We have to be focused on the game, play our top-level volleyball and do our best. It will not be an easy match for sure. We have to play our volleyball and the most important thing will be our service – we have to put pressure on them in this element since the very beginning. We did that today against Germany and it was the key to our win. If we repeat it tomorrow, we will have an advantage.”
Germany player Hanna Orthmann: “We were missing many serves, so it was difficult for us. Even if we won a point, we went to serve and made mistakes, giving away easy points to our opponents. We just made too many errors to keep up. We started this match very good, but errors on serve made us lose the first set. Then we kept playing like that in other sets, too. We didn’t play this match the way we can.”
Germany coach Felix Koslowski: “Everyone who was watching this game could see that our serve was not good enough for this level. We made eighteen errors in this element. If you play against a team like Thailand and have so many errors it gets difficult, because in addition they can receive the ball very well, as service is too easy. Thailand are a very experienced team, their players have competed at this level of competition for twelve years. On the other hand, for example, in our line-up in reception we had two players who normally play as opposites and they were never receiving during the season, our libero couldn’t find a club, so she didn’t play this season, so for them it’s very hard at the moment to get to the level.”
“We want to use the VNL to grow and today we can find many things to improve on. We don’t have a lot of time before tomorrow’s game against Poland, but we will try to show a different face.”