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I take full responsibility for my team’s performance – China coach Wu Sheng

 
Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 17, 2017 – China came from behind to outplay Thailand 4-2 (14-16, 12-15, 15-4, 16-14, 15-3, 19-17) at Hall Tivoli on Sunday afternoon, thus finishing on the seventh rank at 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship in Ljubljana. China have learnt a lot from this tournament said China captain Long Cheng.

China coach Wu Sheng: “We committed too many errors in the first two sets as the players started nervously. Gradually they regained focus. I take full responsibility for the team’s performance at this championship. The main reason lies in the fact that we had little time to prepare as the national games were taking place in China. That’s why our result here is also worse than in the previous editions.”

China captain Long Cheng: “We started the match very slowly. Thailand put a lot of pressure on us in the first two sets. Luckily, we managed to regain momentum in the next four sets. It was very important for us to end the tournament on a high note. We have learnt a lot from these matches and that is a good thing and it was a nice experience.”

Thailand coach Chamnan Dokmai: “My team played very well in the first two sets. We made too many mistakes in the next sets, mainly in serving and receiving. China took the advantage of this and eventually won. Three of my key players moved to the senior team this year. If I had them in the team here, we maybe could have gone higher in the rankings.”

Thailand captain Tichaya Boonlert:
“In the first two sets we played well. China committed many mistakes. In the last four sets, we lost concentration and discipline in the game. This was the reason why we finally lost the game.”

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

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