Captain Daisuke Usami: I
felt under pressure because it was a home game and our team lost
yesterday. But by reflecting on my bad play yesterday, I could
prepare for today's game.
very happy to win this game. Our next game is not going to be in
Japan but I will do my best.
Change of play)
thought it was important how we could use the center and the middle,
so I watched the Bulgarian center very carefully during the game and
in the fourth and fifth set I was able to utilize the center and
middle very well.
No. 14, Tatsuya Fukuzawa: I
am disappointed with my performance; it was very regrettable.
Koshikawa played really well as my replacement and we were able to
fight together, which resulted in today's victory. The next two games
are against Russia and Cuba I have to change my mentality.
Impression seeing Koshikawa from outside the court) Koshikawa showed
great good ability and it was a good chance to study the way he
feel that in order to be a member of the starting lineup I have to
stabilize my performances more.
No. 17, Yu Koshikawa: Personally
I only played in the two games in Tokyo and I was wondering what it
would be like to join a team that has already competed in six
matches. So I tried to communicate with every player during and
outside practice and I was able to fit into the team.
had a chance to play in both games in Tokyo and personally I think I
played well. I'm satisfied with today's win and the fact that I was
able to show something to the fans.
we get together as a team again, I will work on improving my
Coach Tatsuya Ueta: Yesterday,
after the game we went back to the hotel and confirmed six rotations.
S3 rotation was risky. We had a meeting and I decided to change the
position of Fukuzawa an Yoneyama.
we lost successive points when two players were on the front line.
played well in his usual position.
was happy to win against Bulgaria with power of all the players.
kind of game should team Japan play having completed eight games) The
key point is our service. We have to improve our serves and aim
better. Fukuzawa made 70 percent errors on his serves. Our players
are short, so we need to play accurately and correctly. Our blocks
have been getting better, but we need to improve the individual
skills of each player.
No. 11, Vladimir Nikolov: First
I want to say congratulations to the Japanese team because they
performed really well today and deserved to win.
in the second set and at the start of the third set when they played
badly and made mistakes, in all the other sets they performed at a
really high level. It was difficult to recognize the combinations of
the two setters and I especially want to congratulate them because
they changed their attack tactics completely from yesterday to today,
and this was the key to their victory.
the other side, we are still struggling to find our rhythm of
playing; we have difficulties in facing sideouts. Sometimes we are
performing well and sometimes we make very easy mistakes in a row and
this is not allowing us to play well constantly.
last but not least, the Japanese players made such spectacular
defense at times that we became nervous. We are not in the habit of
having our spikes defended like this and it is also a positive side
of the Japanese team.
Return of Koshikawa) There was no pressure because we've known for
three or four years that he is the best player in the Japan team. We
were prepared for his style of play, but it is true he was really
efficient and helped his team a lot. But I think the problems I told
you before were more important than him coming to the court.
Players from his former Japanese club team Toray) I'm very satisfied
that Toray won the Emperor's Cup and the championship. I left friends
here and was cheering for the team. I'm really impressed by the
progress of Yoneyama – a player of his height could never play for
the Bulgarian national team, but he's doing really well. And, of
course, Tomimatsu – they were the basis of the success of Toray and
also played really well last year. I'm happy for them.
Coach Silvano Prandi: I
must compliment Japan because they played a very good match,
especially in the fourth and fifth sets. They reduced the number of
mistakes – only five in the last two sets.
I'm disappointed because in the first set we made a lot of mistakes –
10 mistakes directly. That's too much.
improved our sideout today in relation to yesterday's match but not
enough to win.
suppose Japan also improved their skill and quality of play, so my
compliments to Japan.
to the loss) Because they played better than us, especially in the
fourth and fifth sets. In the first and second sets, we made many
mistakes and they made many in the second set, but their defense and
their transition during the fourth and fifth sets were at a very high
level. Because their defense was better than ours and they were able
to transform this defense into attack better than us.
Return of Koshikawa) He helps his team, but every Japanese player
did, especially Usami, who was very good today – also in blocking
because he touched a lot of our attacks.