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Italy captain Lo Bianco: I'm very satisfied and proud of this team


Italy celebrate after their final match (v Kenya) in this World Cup

Tokyo, Japan, November 18, 2011 - Press Conference, Italy v Kenya: Italy bounced back from Thursday's loss to USA with a relatively easy defeat of Kenya in their last match of the World Cup. Italy is guaranteed a top-two finish, but USA (two points behind) can possible overtake them in Friday's last match agaisnt Japan.

Italy coach Massimo Barbolini: Once more I have to say I’m really happy with my team because it was important to try to finish in the best way possible. And I think we did. Like in the beginning of the tournament I have to say thank you to the International Federation of Volleyball for allowing us to participate thanks to the wild card, so thank you, because for us it has been very important.

To medal at the Olympics, what do you need to improve? I think that it would be very difficult to get a top three finish in the Olympics but we have to try. We have to improve in every situation; like defence, like our second line. We are good but we must be perfect. It’s good that we don’t have to worry about qualifying in May. So we can work for 10 weeks only for the Olympic Games and I think that’s a good thing.

On the points system: Like I said before I don’t agree because it can happen that one team can win all matches 3-2 and can arrive in just second or third place; I don’t think that’s very good. But it is the rule and we have to accept it absolutely.

Italy captain Eleonora Lo Bianco: I am very happy for the result today. I think my teammates played very well. Regarding the competition I’m very proud of my team and I want to congratulate my them, as well as and the coach and the staff. We played a great tournament and are very satisfied.

On this tournament and looking ahead to the London Olympics: We didn’t do very well in the European Championship but we came here and started working together. We wanted to forget the past and I think that we did that. For this I’m very satisfied and proud of this team and our reaction. For London, now its difficult to say about the preparation. We just want to do our best there.

Will they watch the USA v Japan match tonight in which the USA could overtake first place with a win: I don’t know. Maybe we will see a part of the match. We’ll see what happens. It will be a very good game today, so we will see.

Kenya coach Paul Bitok: We came into today’s match with my players a little afraid, I think, of Italy… after Italy maintained their spot among the top two teams. In the first set we couldn’t contain ourselves and lost that set by a bad score. In the second and third we improved our scores, and I’m happy with the result. I’d like to thank the JVA (Japan Volleyball Association) and the FIVB for organizing a good tournament.

I’m not disappointed with my team even though we lost to Algeria; we managed to challenge the big teams and play good sets with Serbia, Italy, and the Dominican Republic. Against Germany and the USA we had some good scores. We are improving. We had three most impressive awards, today with Makuto and she had another against Serbia. We had another with Brackcides Khadambi against the Dominicans. In the future I hope we can be one of the top teams. The experience we can take from this tournament is great. We will now go home and try to qualify for the Olympics on the African continent.

On what Kenya needs to do for Olympic qualifying: I think that our preparation in competitions like the World Cup and the Olympics has not been very good. I should request the Kenyan federation for a partnership with European or Asian organizations so they can assist. We play local competitions outdoors and as you can see we play here indoors.

Kenya player Everlyne Makuto: First thank you very much. For today’s game, I knew it would be a strong opponent and we didn’t know if we would play very well. We tried our best and I want congratulate them for winning. About the competition, I think I have learned a lot from the other teams we have picked up some experience from them. I know if we learn from that.

On her Most Impressive Player awards: This only means that I have to remain focused throughout. I don’t want to look back [on awards] but I want to continue to do my best and put in more effort.


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