Paola Paggi of Italy is carried off
Coach Massimo Barbolini: First of all I want to congratulate my players
for winning this second round, and congratulate the Serbia team that
will go with us for the Final Four in Osaka. We needed to play a real
match before this Final Four and this evening was a real match. In the
first and second sets we played point for point with Japan and it was a
long time before this situation changed. At the end we have won playing
a real match.
Captain Simona Rinieri-Dennis:
From the beginning we knew that this was going to be a difficult game
because Japan is getting better and better, so I kept in mind that we
must not lose many points. After the break at the end of the second set
I made sure again that we were very careful. We had a great match
technically, tactically and at an individual level, too.
Togut: We knew that Japan would play well and they did. They played
very well and it was a good game for both teams. Italy was very
concentrated. In the second set Japan played very well with good
attacking, but we recovered later and as a whole played better.
Coach Shoichi Yanagimoto: We maintained our style but I feel our team
looked to lack fighting spirit. For example in the latter half of the
first set we could have stopped Italy's attacks, but it was in vain. We
had some trouble dealing with the soft touch of the Italian spikers.
The Italian team has much confidence and concentration and the players
are highly motivated. They deserve to advance to the semi-finals.
Yoshie Takeshita: It is hard to say anything after the game. All I want
to say is just to play as hard as possible in Osaka.
Saori Kimura: I am really sorry for today's
result. I want to do my best in Osaka.
Takahashi: I am too confused to say anything after that loss. What is
on my mind is to change our bad mood into a good one in Osaka.