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Not enough to win against Japan - Oleksandr Gutor


The press conference after Japan's 3-1 win against Kazakhstan

Plock, Poland, August 10, 2013 - Despite winning a set against Japan in the World Grand Prix for the first time, Kazakhstan player Sana Jarlagassova was disappointed her team couldn't turn a 1-0 lead into victory. 

The 3-1 defeat was Kazakhstan's fourth consecutive World Grand Prix defeat against Japan.

"It was good match, but also tough match. Japan was better, especially in defence. Today we played worse in reception and that is the main thing that stopped us to play better against Japan today."

Kazakhstan coach Oleksandr Gutor felt his team played well, but stopping Japan was a difficult task.

"We played not too bad, but not enough to win against Japan. We needed to play good in defence against such a perfect team in this element. With not so strong spikes on our side, they were unstoppable."

Japan had to come from 2-0 down to beat Germany on the first day of competition in Plock, and captain Saori Kimura admitted it was the same again against Kazakhstan. 

"Like yesterday, we did not start good, we started slow. Eventually, we came back, finished strong with a good result for us."

Despite the slow start, Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe felt it was a good victory.

"Today's match was a great experience for us. Our opponents were tall and experienced. We did not know much about them, so firstly we couldn't manage, but in the end we were the better team."

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