Russia Coach Daniele Bagnoli: "Normally, the second
match is much more interesting than the first match because both teams know
each other better. For me, this second match was technically better than the
first match. We lost one set probably because Japan played better than
yesterday and we didn't have the same level of play in some of our
fundamentals. We made many mistakes on our serves today - 20 mistakes is too
much for our team.
"I am very happy about the reaction of my team after
we lost the third set; for me it's very, very important to have a great
reaction from my players. This makes me optimistic for the future because I
like to see the team when the play is difficult, not when the play is easy.
This really is the difference between great teams and normal teams - how you
resolve problems when the situation is difficult.
"(Re: strength in depth/rotation) I think also
tonight things were changing at moments in the first and second sets.
Cheremisin had three nice serves and made a decisive difference in the first
set. In the third set, I tried to change some players among the first six. We
didn't get a result, not because of the new players, but because Japan played
better than us. In the first set, I got a great reaction from my team. This is
what I want to see from my team at every moment.
"Also, one of the most important points of strength
for our team is service. I think we are one of the best in terms of service.
Today, some players made too many mistakes, which made it more difficult for us
"(Re: best Japan players) I think it was little bit
different today from yesterday. Yesterday, the player with the best percentage
of play was Fukuzawa. I think today the opposite (Shimizu) played better than
yesterday because he made fewer mistakes."
Russia Captain Alexey Kazakov: "Before the game, I
expected Japan to make better serves so reception would be tougher, and my
expectations were confirmed, especially in the third set. As usual, Japan's
defense was very good and they dug well.
"(Re: change of Japanese setter) We knew the first
setter because we saw him yesterday, so we kind of knew what he would do, but
we were surprised by the change of setter. He was very clever and he confused
us a bit."
Japan Coach Tatsuya Ueta: "(Re. Transition attacks)
We had 41 opportunities of transition attacks, while Russia only had 38 or 39.
It seems that Japan had the better percentage. But the kill percentage was
better for Russia than Japan, so that's something we have to work on. We must
practice receiving spikes - it's so important to improve our initial reaction.
The small things we have to work on are getting better little by little, and
that's one good thing I could see today.
"(Re: poor blocking) The percentage was bad, so yes
it's true, but it's maybe because Russia were quicker than we thought they
would be. They were quick and we had to go left and right to try and block.
They also tossed the ball high, which was confusing for the blockers. But
still, we have to defeat the block, it's an important task the team must
overcome. One bad thing today was when the team was down, we tried to do a
higher set not a quick set. Overall, the new team is improving faster than last
Japan Captain Daisuke Usami: "Our task today was
reacting to mistakes, especially kills by Russia. Today, things were sort of OK
in the first and second set, so that's why it was close. After the third set,
even though we had good reactions after making mistakes, we had too many
blocked shots. Because of the high blocks, we had to think about the course of
our spikes, but we couldn't do anything about that today. We were just spiking
into the blocks and that was bad. We will face Bulgaria next, so that's
something we must overcome."