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FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2006
 
Press Conference
 
Yanagimoto hails Japan's strong serve
 

The Japanese head coach Shoichi Yanagimoto
Japan
 
Head Coach Shoichi Yanagimoto: We had a very close game against Korea. The game progressed as we expected. Korea had very good concentration, but Japan had a very good serve and that is why we could win this match. Overall we played very well today.
 
Captain Yoshie Takeshita: I thought the start was very important for this match. The first set went well, but we missed quite a few points in the second set. From that point on we were together as a team so we were able to win. During the morning meeting with the coach we discussed that I should give tosses to Oyama so that she could attack from the back.
 
Miyuki Takahashi: We won today but I can?t remember much about the game at all. Korea is a team that never gives up easily, so it was important for us to counter this with the same determination. I felt our good point was that we chased the ball until it hit the ground on every point. A challenge for the future is not to make mistakes when we were getting a rhythm going.
 
Shuka Oyama: We were very united on the court, and I would like to play my best tomorrow and go to Nagoya for the second round after playing well against Poland.
 
Sachiko Sugiyama: I played with a lot of confidence and want to keep this up for the next match against Poland, and then into the next round. After the third set I was able to block with full concentration because I felt we were going to win.
 
Kaoru Sugayama: Today?s match was against a big rival, Korea, but I think we played very tough. We were able to maintain our concentration  throughout the game and I think that was the good part for us.
 
Korea
 
Head Coach Kim Myeong-Soo: The condition of the team is not very good. There are many things we have to work on, especially combination and defence
 
Captain Kim Sa-Nee: It was a match we had to win, and I am really shocked we lost. The promises we made at the team meeting before the game we could not keep. We said we would defend well under the blocks, and the signs for combinations did not work well.
 
Kim Yeon-Koung: We did our best, so it was disappointing to lose the match. We are tired because we have played full-set games against Poland and Chinese Taipei in our last two matches, so it is hard to accept another close defeat like this.