FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Winning is the most important for UPCN Coach


The blocking was one of the main weapons for UPCN in their victory over Panasonic Panthers

Betim, Brazil, October 15, 2013 – UPCN’s coach Fabian Armoa will take a victory over a well played game saying he’s satisfied with the 3-1 victory of his team over Japan’s Panasonic Panthers on Tuesday.

Demian Gonzales, captain of UPCN: We are very happy about starting with the right foot which is very important. We didn’t have a good start but then we played more relaxed and closed with a 3-1 result. We are not the favorites as the top teams are the Russian, Sada Cruzeiro and Trentino, but we can be the surprise of the tournament. We just want to go match by match.

Kenji Shirasawa, captain of Panasonic Panthers: The opponent was superior after the second set. We won the first set but the other team made many mistakes. We thank everyone for the opportunity of playing in this tournament.

Fabian Armoa, coach of UPCN: I am satisfied because this is a short tournament and the important thing is winning not about playing well or not. It was a tough match since this is the first time we faced an Asian team and their defense. After the first set we played relaxed and had a better idea of their style.  I think we dominated the last two sets.

Masashi Nambu, coach of Panasonic Panthers: We made many points from side out plays and tried to force with our serves. The opponent made a lot of plays with first balls and they were the best team from the second set on.

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