Nakada: We are here to build new history


Japan's Head Coach Nakada Kumi runs to her teammates for cheering

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, Jul 7, 2017 - Japan's coach Kumi Nakada is focused on the future, after her team's five-set victory over Thailand.

 Kumi Nakada, coach of Japan: For us, this was a match with ups and downs. But it is important that we won our opening match. We’ve been practising now for one month, and I saw the result of this in some parts of the match. But I also found out a few things we should work on. The statistics from previous matches against Thailand are not telling me anything. The past is the past, we are here to build new history.”

Yuki Ishii, player, Japan:
"I think we had the chance to win in 3 or 4 sets today, but instead we ended up playing a tiebreak. We made too many errors for a clean win, but eventually we can be happy with this victory. I think we can expect different playing styles against the Netherlands and Dominican Republic. Against these teams, we will have to block really well to give ourselves a chance.”

Tomkom Nootsara, player, Thailand:
“I think we played a little too slowly today, with too many mistakes. Also, the Japanese defence was strong, so we had trouble scoring points at their court. Tomorrow, we play the Netherlands in front of their home crowd. This is going to be difficult, but it’s up to us to play our own game.”

Danai Sriwacharamaytakul, coach of Thailand:
“Japan was blocking really strong today and we didn’t show the form that we normally can show. We made too many mistakes, but because the players fought hard we managed to earn a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, we had a false start, when we trailed 0-7. We were not able to fix this anymore.”

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