London 2012

Press release

Russia manage to prevail against Japan


Russian players celebrate their fourth victory without losses in the Olympic Games volleyball tournament

Nataliya Goncharova, Player of Russia: It was our most difficult game so far. Japan are very good. We needed to put maximum power into all of our play.

Saori Sakoda, Player of Japan: We really have to concentrate to get the points. We made a few errors and I really need to know the court better to make the points count. We need to improve coordination within the team, watch the ball and where it comes from."

On the rest of the competition:
There is only one match left and we are absolutely going to try our best. Of course, we came to get the medal. I need to reduce my errors and concentrate on the play.

Yoshie Takeshita, Player of Japan: Russia's team showed very good strength to win the final points. When we made errors, they took the opportunity to score.

On the third set:
At the beginning of the first two sets we were behind Russia. We tried to chase them but we lost. However, in the third set we led at the beginning and kept the advantage.


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