Dominican Republic Coach Marcos
I'm really happy
with today's win because we know that Japan is a strong team and
playing before so many of their fans it would be hard for us to win.
But we got a good result. After changing court, I think Japan changed
their style of play. They play really fast and it's really difficult
to win against them, but we analyzed their style and, as coach, I'm
very happy with this win. I think we made a step forward toward
getting a medal.
(How does this win bode for the team's
Of course, to beat Japan is great, but
we are a very young team – both the players who came here and those
still in the Dominican Republic. We have many teenagers in our team
and with this young team we were able to get a win, so that is a
positive point. I hope it means that the Dominican team's future will
be brighter than before.
(You lost the first set and then won
three straight; please comment on this.)
In the first set, each point was really
important. Although we played well, our rotation wasn't good enough,
but 26-24 is not a bad score. From the second set, we changed the
rotation, moving the setter from the back line to the back left, and
this had a positive effect. We kept this for the third set, and in
the fourth set Japan also changed their rotation, but we were playing
our own style of volleyball and it was having the desired effect.
Dominican Republic Captain Milagros
Cabral de la Cruz
As captain, I'm
really happy to win against Japan today. We've played and won against
Japan before, but not in Japan. Today we were able to pick up a
victory against Japan in Japan, so I'm very happy about that.
(Your serving was good today; how did
that help you?
As a team we served well and this
prevented Japan from playing at their best.
(Did you target any player for special
Yes, we paid special attention to No.
11 Araki during service set and other setting and we succeeded in
preventing her from playing well.
We also had good blocking today and our
attacks from the sides were good, and these are the reasons why we
Japan Coach Masayoshi Manabe
The reason why we lost is that although
we attacked from our serve, we couldn't stop the attack from the left
side of the Dominican Republic, especially the No. 10 (Cabral).
(How did the Dominican team rotation
change affect the team?)
There was no effect.
(How did the loss of Kurihara affect
It didn't have any effect. The
Dominicans' offense was better than us. We couldn't play our own
style of volleyball, which is fast play.
(This time, how do you feel about
Last year, we watched various teams
play and my impression about the Dominican team is that their
receiving wasn't as good as today. Today, they played differently and
had good receiving and blocking, so they were a different team.
Japan Captain Erika Araki
I really wanted to
win this game, so I'm really disappointed about the result.
We want to play to
our full abilities and strengths as a team.
Japan No. 3 Yoshie Takeshita
We couldn't play our own style of
volleyball and I'm really disappointed about the result.
I will try to do my best tomorrow.