Tehran, Iran, August 6, 2015 – World No.17 China, bronze medallists at the previous edition and the only team yet losing a match to their respective rivals, put it past fighting Thailand in hard-fought three sets 25-20, 27-25, 30-28 to cruise their ways to the semi-finals of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship.
Thailand’s coach, Monchai Supajirakul: “I think China already had one foot in the final. I don’t think there will be any tougher team than China in this championship. The Chinese deserve to be in the final match. I should congratulate them. My players made a lot of unforced mistakes at the beginning which they couldn’t come back easily. That’s what counts.”
Captain of Thailand, Kittikun Sri-Utthawong: “It was a good match and we enjoyed it. We had only one day to rest and recover from exhaustion and fatigue from playing continuing tough matches. So, we couldn’t regain our true form. I think, it was the reason for our loss.”
China’s coach, Guochen Xie: “As you know, it was an important game because any team could be eliminated just by one mistake. This makes the job very difficult for our young players. (about next match) No matter what teams we are playing in the semi-finals, we have to do our best. To play Iran or Australia is not different. Both of them are strong. We only focus on our game.”
China’s captain, Shuai Jiao: “It was an important game for us as I feel like we were playing in the final. In order to be among the top four teams, we badly needed to be the winner of the match. However, we still had a lot of mistakes during the game against Thailand with ups and downs. I hope my team will come up with a better form in the semi-finals on Friday.”