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Japan coach Nambu: We can find things to build on for the future


Japan coach Masashi Nambu after their 3-2 win over Germany in the FIVB Volleyball World League

Japan, Koshigaya, June 29, 2014 - In their final match of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World League season, Japan finally picked up its first win, beating Germany 3-2 in a thrilling victory at home in Koshigaya.

Japanese coach Masashi Nambu was pleased to pick up this win after losing to Germany on Saturday, but said that his team still has a lot of work to do in order to build for their future.

Japan coach Masashi Nambu: "Germany had a huge advantage in blocking yesterday, but that did not happen today, and I think that was the difference. Our strategy for today was to be calm when Germany countered, and not rush too much. In our serve, we wanted to concentrate on the right side in order to avoid their libero. Yesterday the libero was receiving well, and it led to many points for Germany. Today in the first and second set, that strategy went well, but after that Germany adjusted and played better. We lacked stamina today, and we did not really pick it up until the very end. If there had been another set, we’d have lost. Improving our stamina is very important for us moving forward.

"I’m sad that we only got one win, but still I think we can find things to build on for the future. We still have to train on side out, which is still weak, and on serve control which has been lacking. We have young players, and we don’t really read the game well. For those points, we are planning a training camp to get better and advance closer towards our target."

Japan captain Yu Koshikawa: "Since this team started out together a year and a half ago we have suffered so much, and now we have finally won, and can see what winning feels like. I think it will accelerate our growth as a team. The best thing about today was that even though our opponent was leading at times, we could remain composed and come back at the right times."

Japan player Kunihiro Shimizu: "Yesterday we started poorly and could not side out, but today we had many more kills and blocks and I’m really happy about that."

Japan player Hideomi Fukatsu: "It was a good experience for us to win a game, after losing the other World League matches."

Germany captain Dirk Westphal: "First of all congratulations to Japan, I think to come from 8-4 behind in fifth set, fighting hard with spirit, they deserve to win. For us, the game was black and white compared to yesterday. Today was less focused, with a lack of concentration. Maybe we were a little tired, but that’s no excuse. We were not so good on the block. There were many easy tips or shots we couldn’t defend, and if you play like that its hard to win. In the end we must accept the result and try to do better the next time out."

Germany coach Vital Heynen: "The most important thing for me to say now is congratulations to Japan. They were leading two zero behind in tie-break. It’s clear they played better, and we could have been better. I’d like to thank the organizing committee and everyone for their hospitality. The most important thing for our team now is to rest during their 20 days off that they can spend with their wives and children."


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