Finland captain Siltala: Japan played really wisely, hit really hard
Finland coach Tuomas Sammelvuo: At least we started better, playing not so bad. Japan made mistakes early, but then the game became like yesterday – high balls were going through our hands. Japan played really wisely, hit really hard. This is the kind of game we should play also. They played a great game on defense too.
Finland captain Antti Siltala: (on how Sunday’s match differed from Saturday’s) There is not such a big difference; we had the same kind of problems – big problems with the high ball, big problems with our counter attack. Like yesterday, when Japan was spiking high balls, we had big problems blocking.
Japan coach Gary Sato: I’m beginning to like Nagoya more and more. It was fun and the team played very well. It was a very hard-fought match. The Finnish team played with more intention in this second game. They were a lot hungrier. But I’m proud that our team met that challenge, with lots of intention and desire as well.
(On Yako and Ishijima): Both made great contributions. I was very pleased with how we could utilize both of them. And they responded very well.
Japan captain Kota Yamamura: After losing the first set we could tell that Finland had studied our play a lot. But after the second, we played competitively again, and I was sure we were starting to come together.
(On communicating with assistant coach David Hunt): At first we didn’t quite understand what we was saying, but we had an interpreter prepare a list of common expressions, and using that we came to understand his directions better. That’s really working now.
Japan player Yusuke Ishijima: These two victories in Komaki were great for us. I hope we can continue to improve moving forward.
Japan player Yu Koshikawa: I’m happy with these two wins, and I was pretty upset about the previous four games. But I’m satisfied today. We are still on our way towards improvement.