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Our work after the Sendai round paid off: Japan coach


Japan were boosted by an enthusiastic home crowd

 Sapporo, Japan, August 28, 2013 – Japan beat Italy 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-22) in the third match of the Final Round of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Sapporo on Wednesday. Japan’s coach and players said they had worked well in the week since the final qualifying round in Sendai.

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe: I knew the players were nervous because it was our first match so I’m happy for them that we won. After the Sendai round, we needed to think about how to improve and we had a week off that gave us plenty of time to think about our game, and things worked out really well.

Japan captain Saori Kimura: Because this was the first game of the Finals, we really wanted to win and get into a good rhythm, so I’m really pleased we won this game.

Japan setter Haruka Miyashita: I was really nervous before the matches in Sapporo, but now I feel relieved to have won this match. In the Sendai round, we had good points and bad points, but we had time to discuss these as we had a week off and I felt less nervous than in Sendai.

Italy captain Valentina Arrighetti: I think playing against Japan is always difficult and today we weren’t so great with our attack. We didn’t keep a good attitude but that’s normal when things don’t go so well. We will have to take this as a learning experience and I’m optimistic for the next game.

Italy coach Marco Mencarelli: Tonight, we had big difficulties but we knew this might be the case as we are not yet ready to play at the same level as Japan. Tomorrow, we will try to improve and make a better game. Tonight, our setter didn’t play a great game but also the whole team didn’t play well.  When you have both the team and the setter like that, it’s difficult. Japan gave us problems with reception and digging and we couldn’t play at a high level.

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