Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – Powerful China challenged Bahrain in a breathtaking match to outclass Bahrain in straight sets 25-18, 25-23, 25-21. China top Pool D to advance to the last eight teams with an unbeaten record.
China’s coach, Guochen Xie: “My players played with low inspiration. I don’t understand. why. I hope this problem will be solved in the coming matches. Bahrain is a very good team. We have never played them before. They were strong on blocks which troubled us.”
On the match against Australia: “Australia is a big team. We haven’t had the chance to play them so far and could not easily cope with their tactics. Any teams have their own plans and style and i think both teams are capable of winning.”
China’s captain, Shuai Jiao: “We didn’t know about Bahrain and just took our strategies during the match. They are a good team and we have never played them before. At some points, we didn’t have good performance in front of them in this match. Congratulations to Bahrain for having such a good team.”
Bahrain’s coach, Jorge Elgueta: “First of all, I congratulate China for their good performance against us. Our team is very young and did not have any friendly matches ahead of the tournament. This tournament has been regarded as our preparatory games for future events, especially the Persian Gulf championship. I think we have the toughest draw in this pool. The other pools feature just one powerful team. While in our pool, there are both Japan and China. Anyway, congratulations to China for this victory.”
Bahrain’s captain, Jasim Alnabhan: “It was an easy game. If we did not make errors in crucial moments of the match, we could have won the game easier. I hope that my team can move to the next round but it is all about equations and we have to wait and see. Anyway, we stay hopeful to be in the next round because in my opinion, my team deserve it.”