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FIVB Men's World Championship Japan 2006
Press Conference
Hoag: Tunisia never gave up and that caused us problems

Tunisia's Hichem Kaabi dives for the ball


Head coach Glenn Hoag: Before the game, I told my players that the Tunisian team has a lot of experience so be careful. While I was coaching in France, I learned the way (Tunisia coach Antonio) how Giacobbe coached and I think he has made the Tunisia team a great team. The first set was easy for us but they didn’t give up and that gave us a lot of problems.

Captain Murray Grapentine: We started very well today in defense, offense and serving, but from the second set we gradually started to lose a little of our energy. During that time, we were a bit stressed out and frustrated because we had a lot of mis-hit in attack. But in the end we stayed calm in a difficult situation and around the fourth set we got back into the groove.


Head coach Antonio Giacobbe: The game was really close and every set was important. Every player did their best but we couldn’t take our chances and we allowed them a lot of points. We lost the game but it was a good game.

Captain Ghazi Guidara: We knew our opponents very well because we played them in
another competition recently. We were able to control a lot of the game but they started well in the first set. We want to take the next game one point at a time.

Chaker Ghezel: Myself and whole team did our best, but they had better ball control
skills. I am disappointed at the result since it was very important for us, but I still want to do my best in the next game.