FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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It’s hard to play Greeks who have high blockings and good serves, says Japan’s head coach


Japan's head coach Ichiro Hanzawa and team captain Miku Benoki are happy with their team's win over Greece.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 30, 2013 – Japan’s head coach Ichiro Hanzawa admitted that it’s hard to play Greece, which took advantage of the high blockings and great serves. Following are quotes from head coaches and team captains of Japan and Greece. 

Ichiro Hanzawa, head coach of Japan: “We are stronger than Greece. It’s very hard to play them, which have high blockings and great serves. I hope we have to play our best form in our next match.

Miku Benoki, team captain of Japan: “We lost the first set and we had pressure. However, after winning the second set, we regained confidence and played much better. I’m happy that we won this match.”

Dimitrios Floros, head coach of Greece: “It’s a tough game. Japan played very well with good defence. We have to wait for the next match between Argentina and China to see which teams would qualify.”

Olga Strantzali, team captain of Greece: “I think it’s a good match, but Japan played better than us. We have to watch the next game between Argentina and China. I hope we can make it to the next round.”




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