Germany coach Giovani Guidetti - "Today, the difference was evident. Japan
played much, much better than us in every part of the game. We had the luck in
the first set, but if not, the way we played it could have been 3-0."
"We were too weak in all elements;
we couldn't take courage from nothing. If we made a good serve, we'd then make
a mistake in our serve; when they go to serve, we made a good reception, then
they make an ace. Every time, we were unable to find our rhythm. In the fourth
set, I started to change the players to see what was going on, but I already
understood we didn't have the power to change anything."
Germany captain Margareta Kozuch -
"First of all congratulations to the
Japan team. They played really good tonight and knew how to put us in trouble.
In the beginning, we started really well and aggressive, but in the second set
Japan served really good and we had a little bit of a problem. By the end of
the match we had a lot of problems."
(How about No. 16 Sakoda?) "I think
she did really good. She made a lot of good actions and put us in trouble. But
it's also our problem to change our tactics and do better. I'm sure next time
we will do better, but tonight she did really well and got a lot of points."
Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe - "It was our first game and the players
were nervous. I brought in (Saori) Sakoda for (Yukiko) Ebata and she did really
well. Ebata was nervous at the start, so I changed to Sakoda. We
also served very well today."
"We tried to put a lot of variation
in the way we attacked and (Mai) Yamaguchi and (Ai) Yamamoto are good at fast
Japan captain Erika Araki - "It was our first match and I'm really
happy because we did really well. I want to do even better tomorrow because that
match (against Poland) is even more important. We haven't won a match aaginst
Poland, so I really want to win tomorrow. They are tall and serve well, so we
want to come up with a strategy to deal with that."
Japan No. 7 Mai Yamaguchi - "We made a lot of mistakes early on, but
after the second set we started doing the things we needed to do and played
(Re. good spiking performance today)
"I think part of the reason is that I only had one blocker in front of me
most of the time."
Japan No. 5 Ai Yamamoto - "We made many errors in the first set,
but did much better after that."