Ekaterinburg, Russia, June 19, 2019 – Thailand defeated Russia in four sets in their match in Ekaterinburg on Wednesday.
Russia coach Alexander Krasilnikov said: "We are not accustomed to this style of playing - to the Thai team, to the Asian style. Thailand after the first points coped with the reception and beat us through a positional game. We could not cope on the block and in defence too.
"In the VNL this is our problem - we start the match well, but then we start to have problems. Perhaps today we lost concentration."
Russia captain Yevgeniya Startseva said: "Psychologically, it was hard for us, because it was our game. We did not play today. We have known the Thai team for a long time, we knew what to expect from them. Alas, we could not cope with it. The opponents very often played quickly, and there were a lot of combinations that we could not cope with. Now we play against the Netherlands team, this match will not be easier. It all depends on us, on how we prepare. We need to find our confidence, and it can only be found on the court."
Thailand head coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul said: "We have not changed anything in tactics compared to our usual game. Today we defended very well against the Russian national team and attacked aggressively. I can not say anything about the psychological state of an opponent, but such games happen to everyone. Of course, we are very pleased with this victory, we need to continue to play in the same spirit."