Saturday, 27 February 2021
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I was very happy with my team today: USA coach

USA coach Hugh McCutcheon at Saturday's post-match press conference
 USA coach Hugh McCutcheon: I was very happy with the team's performance tonight. I thought we played better than yesterday and that's always our goal, to keep improving. I hope to continue that trend tomorrow against Serbia, and focus on their team that presents a different style and rhythm. Today, I thought we did a very good job and in so many phases of the game I thought we were really, really clean, so I was  very happy with our team.

(Re. Contribution of setter Lindsey Berg): I thought Lindsey got us into a very good sideout rhythm today. I was very impressed with her choices. Japan made many adjustments and we were able to adjust again and I thought she created attack space. 

(Re. Defense): I was very impressed with the changes we were able to make in the match because Japan presents you with many different offensive schemes and you have to really pay attention to what's going on and be able to compensate and adjust in the middle of a rally, and I thought we were able to do that. For our team that's a pretty significant evolution from a year ago. 

USA captain Jennifer Tamas: I think the USA had a really good match tonight. Japan play a very different style of volleyball from us so it is important for us to focus on USA volleyball and we took care of some details on our offense and put a great match together. We were good at the service line. Logan (Tom) had some great serves at the end and really showed her leadership. So it was a good win for us. 

(Re. contribution of setter Lindsey Berg): Lindsey's a great setter and also plays great defense, too. She gave our hitters a lot of one-on-one situations and really worked hard out there. 

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe: Today, we didn't have concentration. The USA's serves were excellent and their block was very high and that put a lot of pressure on my players. Our only really good player today was (Saori) Sakoda, and the center players (Erika) Araki and (Mai) Yamaguchi were OK.

Japan captain Erika Araki: Today, it was not a satisfactory game. In the middle of the second set we lost many points in a row and that was the key moment. From my side, I have to make fewer mistakes.

No. 12 Saori Kimura: The team had no momentum today and I played badly today. I think it was one of my worst games. We need to switch our mindset and unite as a team.


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