Friday, 5 March 2021
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Press Info - Press Conference
USA too strong for young Japan

USA's Rich Lambourne dives
Tatsuya UETA (JPN) - Japan head coach

On his team's Olympic experience:

"Our young players were able to accumulate experience. We faced some very top teams and we improved our mental and technical aspects. This lays a solid foundation for our domestic training. The results are that we lost every game but I believe if we sum up all our experiences and continuously train, we can get better."

On his team's serving errors:

"We definitely had some problems. Our preparation was short and we also had to attend the World League. So we didn't prepare thoroughly."

Hugh McCUTCHEON (NZL) - USA head coach

On the match:

"I'm quite happy with the team. Our focus and execution was there for all phases. I believe this was a better performance than the match against China. It is always our goal to improve each and every match, and I think we did that in the preliminaries."

On the performances of Lloy BALL (USA), Ryan MILLAR (USA), and Thomas HOFF (USA):

"Ryan has had a very good tournament so far. He hits with a lot of range and can attack different zones. His defence is good, and he has been able to serve for a string of points. Those three bring a lot of experience to this team, and are extremely valuable for this programme. In the 2000 Sydney Games, we had a disappointing result and in the 2004 Athens Games we could have done better. They have a higher maturity level since they have learned from those previous mistakes and experiences."

Thomas HOFF (USA) - captain

On the match:

"It's a good sign that we've got a better rhythm now. Our level is getting better match after match."

On whether there is any extra pressure after being undefeated in the preliminaries:

"We played well in different ways in each match and we have won. What we would like to do is to control our destiny. We have won several matches in a row, we are the first in our Pool, and this is a good thing."

On their next opponents, Serbia:

"In the World League a few weeks ago, we played against them twice. That was a good experience. We got extremely valuable information from those matches. We were able to scout and analyse them. In the Olympic Games, we watched them play in the other pool and we got even more information."

"They like to control the pace and they also try to limit the number of errors they make. They play very similarly to us, so I think this will be a very difficult match-up."


Masaji OGINO (JPN) - captain

On the match:

"Through this match, we felt we are not as good as other teams. We failed to play our own way in today's and previous matches."

On whether he will retire from playing Volleyball:

"I will continue to play Volleyball in clubs. I haven't thought much about it, but I think I will continue to play."

On what his younger teammates learned at these Olympic Games:

"As for me and the young players, being able to participate in the Olympic Games is a very good experience. Some players are strong in home competitions, but when they take part in international tournaments they will feel that their reception and service are not very good and will feel the need to train even more."