Difficult Dominican win in front of Thai crowd


Marcos Kwiek and Niverka Dhartenis Marte Frica, coach and player of the Dominican Republic, comment their win against Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, July 21, 2017 – The fans in Thailand created a difficult environment for the Dominican Republic for their FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2017 match against the home team, but the good serving helped the Caribbean squad emerge victorious, according to the coaches and the captains after the game.

Marcos Kwiek, coach of Dominican Republic: "It is great to win, but it was very difficult for us to play against Thailand. They have a lot of fans to support them and played really well today, with good serves. We still had problems with our service reception."

Niverka Dhartenis Marte Frica, player of Dominican Republic: "I am very happy with our victory. We knew that it was going to be very hard, because Thailand have the big home fans supporting them. They are also a very strong team."

Danai Sriwacharamaytakul, coach of Thailand: “It was hard for the Dominicans to play in front of our big fans. After they got used to the atmosphere, they came out with good serving and we could not play according to our game plan. I have to admit that their blocks and defence were really good. It was very difficult for us to earn points. But I would also like to admire my players for showing their good fighting spirit. For them it is a good experience to play against a tall team with good serving. Of course, it is not going to be an easy match against Turkey tomorrow. They are a strong team and we have to serve very well to put pressure them under pressure. If not, it is going to be very difficult for us. It will be easier if we can adjust our service reception.”

Pleumjit Thinkaow, captain of Thailand: "It was such an exhausting match for us. In the deciding set, they put pressure on us with their aggressive serves, which made us lose too many points and we could not catch up with them. Today our service reception did not work well, so we could not make our combination plays. What a pity! We will learn from today’s mistakes and try to play better in the next match against Turkey.”


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