We knew this could be our last game - Thailand captain Tichaya

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 15, 2017 - Thailand edged the Dominican Republic in seven sets to place a foot through the door of the 5-8 group at the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship, but the losers also advanced to the semifinals of the competition.

Thailand captain, Tichaya Boonlert: "We wanted to play really good today, since this could be our last performance here in Ljubljana. We didn't feel under pressure and we earned ourselves another two matches to play and we are really happy."

Thailand coach, Chamnan Dokmai: "Our team fought really hard today. We knew that this could be our last match at the championship, so we had nothing to lose. It was really hard to play against the Dominican Republic, but we still made it to a win."

Dominican Republic captain, Yokaty Perez: "We can't be really satisfied with today's match. We started well, but when we had to close the match, we started to do mistakes and let the opponent to take control of the game."

Dominican Republic coach, Wagner Pacheco: "We are really, really happy with proceeding to semifinals. This really means a lot for our country, but on the other hand we are disappointed with our performance today."

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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