FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Japan neutralize Italy with fiery defence

Japan's Yurie Nabeya celebrates after the last point against Italy

Tijuana, Mexico, October 6, 2013 – The defence of Japan neutralized the powerful attacks of Italy allowing the Asian team to make a terrific come back from a two-set deficit en route to their second victory in as many days.

Kanami Tashiro, captain of Japan: The Italian players are very tall and powerful so we had to rely on our defence to neutralize their power. That’s why we forced the match to a fifth set.

Alessia Gennari, captain of Italy: I saw the same match of yesterday and I am very sad because we are a good team. We prepared to play the tournament up to 21 points per set, but I really don’t know why we are playing this way because we are a good team.

Shigekazu Okubo, coach of Japan: We couldn’t do anything in the first two sets against an Italian team with good technique and tactics. After the second set I told my players to play like them, hitting hard and also using their heads. The match was almost for Italy, so it was a great experience for my young team.

Luca Cristofani, coach of Italy: We are having moments when the concentration just shut down. I don’t think the competition is over and I hope we can come back tomorrow and play our game. About my bench, I have very good players but they are not as versatile as we need.

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