FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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China coach Jiande Xu: There is no secret for China’s success in this age category. It is just hard work


The press conference after the gold medal match with China and Japan

Brno, Czech Republic, June 30, 2013 – China coach Jiande Xu and Japan coach Yasuhiro Fukuda shared their emotions at the press conference after Sunday’s gold medal match featuring the two best teams from the world. Japan played with faith and strong teamwork, China coach Jiande Xu said. Despite of their modest height, they set up a fantastic game.

China coach Jiande Xu: We are happy with today’s result. In terms of body height, Japan was one of the smallest teams here in Brno. However, the Japanese team played with heart and never-ending fighting spirit. China can learn a lot from them. There is no secret for China’s success in this age category. It is just hard work.

MVP awarded China outside hitter Ting Zhu: I am very happy. I would like to thank my teammates for their strong will and hard work. The price for the Most Valuable Player is not for me, it is for the whole team.

Japan coach Yasuhiro Fukuda: Congratulations to China, they deserve the first place after a fantastic run here in Brno. We learned a lot during the tournament. We did not expect to go as far, but with every game we won, we grew a little bit more. At the end, it was a successful puzzle of strong defence and exceptional teamwork.

Japan captain Momoka Oda: Thanks to our supporters and thanks to everyone who helped us here. We tried to win gold, but we are happy with silver. China deserve the gold medal more than we do.

 

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