FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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France, Belmadi to focus on Poland


French Libero Jeremie Mouiel celebrates victory over Korea.

MEXICALI, Mexico, July 3, 2013.- After finishing the last match of the round of 16 at Mexicali State Auditorium, coach Slimane Belmadi, of France said that this was the first time his team faced an Asian team as a previous stop to quarterfinals.


Poland will be their next rival. The Polish have defeated them twice, but they expect to change the history by making the right adjustements in the blocking game.


France also have to serve correctly if They wish to be successful against their European rival, He remarked. On the other side, Coach Kim Youngil declined to give any comments after the defeat suffered on Wednesday night.


Slimane Belmadi, coach of France: “We had never played against an Asian team. It’s something new for us. We are very happy for the result and the experience we achieved today by applying a tactical plan with a good choice.”


Thomas Nevot, captain of France: “I feel happy for winning this match and advancing to quarterfinals. We had a good blocking game, and also good defense. We are just expecting and are ready for what may come next.”


Dong-Geun Jeong, captain of Korea: "We feel sad and upset. I didn't have enough chance to play, only the first set. I was out and it was quite frustrating, but this has not finished yet, and have to move on for the rest of the tournament."

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