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I thought it would be difficult to win today: Manabe


Japan captain Saori Kimura

 Sendai, Japan, August 18, 2013 – In an entertaining showdown between the two winless teams in Pool M of the FIVB World Grand Prix on Sunday, Japan overcame the Czech Republic 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 28-26, 23-25, 15-13) at Sendai City Gymnasium. Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe was happy with the result.

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe: I thought it would be a difficult game to win today. It went to five sets but I think we performed well. I’m satisfied thus far as we won six times playing away and only lost two overall.

Japan captain Saori Kimura: We managed to improve on our recent bad point of starting slowly, so that was a plus. But we still made a lot of small mistakes in this game and we must solve this for the Finals.

Czech Republic coach Carlo Parisi: I’m happy about today’s match but sorry for the 3-2 loss. But this can happen when a team like ours is playing catch-up with the other team in the match and the other team is strong. I’m happy with all three matches here in terms of how the team has raised its level, day by day, step by step. At the end of the match, we made some mistakes but this can happen for a young team like ours. So I want to compliment my team for their attention and approach. I’m happy with them.

(Impression after first World Grand Prix): At the end of this competition, I’m satisfied with the development of my team. In the beginning, the team had many problems playing stronger teams, but it became less difficult and this is good because we are now playing better against the stronger teams. The difference between us and them is still big, but this has been a very good experience for us and I hope that it’s good for our future and the European Championship in September where we face a difficult group. So, overall it’s good to have this kind of experience ahead of the European Championship.

Czech Republic captain Aneta Havlickova: I think today we didn’t start so good; we didn’t do what we had talked about in our meeting. But then we became more aggressive and played a good game, but we made mistakes and we must take something from the match.

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