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Winning against host Turkey is a good motivation for us - Kimura


Japan captain Saori Kimura was very pleased with victory in Turkey

Ankara, Turkey, August 4, 2013 – Japan beat hosts Turkey 3-1 (25-21, 30-28, 18-25, 25-18) in the final pool C match of 2013 World Grand Prix to maintain a perfect start to the competition.

Japan head coach Masayoshi Manabe was pleased with his team's performance in the noisy home venue. "It was a very important match for us as we were facing with the host team Turkey. They had a lot of fans in the hall supporting them."

"It was hard for us but we gained experience. Saori, Shinnabe and Ebata are the experienced players and they played above [level of] the others. We have a young team and they all played good. We now have to prepare for the Germany match."

Japan captain Saori Kimura agreed with her coach. "Winning the match against powerful Turkey, in front of Turkish fans, with young players is a really good motivation for us. We wanted to play well in every week of the Grand Prix."

"We really wanted to win this match and we played very good."

Turkey head coach Massimo Barbolini felt it was Japan's best match. "We played at the same level as Japan for two hours. But they played their best match today."

"If we had won the second set, then I think it would have changed the [final] score. But we need to gain experience from these matches. Now we have to be better at our other matches in the following weekends."

Turkey captain Neslihan Darnel felt her team played well. "We played good actually. There were a lot of very long rallies in the match. It would have been different if we managed to take points from those rallies."

"I want to thank all of the fans who took their place in Baskent Volleyball Hall today and supported us. We’ll prepare for the coming matches now."

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