FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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"My players couldn't come back technically and mentally," says Tunisia coach


Tunisia coach Mohamed Mounir Gara and player Adam Oueslati during post-match interview

Japan coach Noriaki Sako:

“We were not in a good condition today. Second set we changed our mind and that led us to the victory. My players were at their best condition. Tomorrow we will do our best in the play off match for 9 to 12 positions.”.”

Japan captain Masahiro Sekita:

“I think today we played well. Changes in our strategy brought us to the victory. Tomorrow we will fight with all we have in the court.”

Tunisia coach Mohamed Mounir:

“In the first set, we played in our standards like we have been training as in reception and spike. In the second set suddenly Malek, Eyes and Adam were affected. They are very good in reception normally but today it was less than 10%. It was a weakness point in the team. We had to make changes. I don't think it wasn't a technical problem, it was a psychological problem. They don't have the character to fight until the end of the match. When the players start talking to each other and to the referee, this means they already lost their concentration. This was the main problem today.”

Tunisia player Adam Oueslati:

“We started to the match with a great confidence and we could win the first set easily. The service, block and our reception was not at our standards. Then every player started to blame the others. We couldn't sustain the mistakes of ours. As coach said we started to talk each other. We couldn't come back psychologically and we lost”


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