coach Avital Selinger:
very happy with the team's performance. I think the key for the win
was the determination of the team to stick together after the
disappointment of yesterday and to really show the real volleyball we
can play. That was the main reason for the difference today. Besides
that, our attack was very efficient for a long time. As I see the
numbers, it gives good confidence for the team and our setter. We did
not have so many unforced errors compared to yesterday, which is very
important against the Dominican Republic. It shows our team was well
prepared and concentrated, and this is the reason why today we were
able to win in straight sets.
Japan game tomorrow) At this point, Japan is the favorite. They play
very well and they are very organized. For us to be able to compete
with Japan, it will not be enough just to play with as few errors as
possible. We will have to be very decisive in attack, very well
organized in terms of blocking defense and our serving must be tough
in order to take the rhythm out of the ability of the Japan attack to
setter Laura Dijkema) Obviously I'm her coach, so I really think she
is a very good prospect and talent in all aspects of the game. She
has a lot of sense about the game. She reads the game very well and
mentally is very, very strong, but skill-wise and physically there's
still a long way to go. Overall, Laura will be much better and will
be one of the future prospects to lead the national team of Holland.
captain Manon Flier:
cannot qualify for the finals any more, so our aim is to be seventh
in the standings. Today was a great match for us and it was important
for our self-confidence. In many ways, I think we showed improvement
compared to yesterday, so I'm proud of how my team changed overnight.
We did a great job and I'm proud of that. We'll prepare for the match
tomorrow (against Japan) and it could be a great match. I hope so.
No. 14 Laura Dijkema:
glad we won and I hope we can use this performance for tomorrow's
match and maintain our level of play.
Republic coach Marcos Kwiek:
were a lot of errors today, so it is difficult to analyze today's
match. We will have to analyze it after watching the video of today's
game. Our players must have been agitated by the defeat in
yesterday's game (against Japan), so we have to be able to play under
pressure and we have to be able to think about what we have to do
next during games.
Eve's position moving from middle to side). She's very young, 19, so
it was the first time for her to play in an official match with the
national team. She must gain experience.
Republic captain Karla Echenique:
Netherlands team was in good shape, but we didn't play well, so I
feel so sorry and I can't talk about our poor performance.