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World League 2003 - Press Info

Press conference

Greece beat Japan 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12) - duration 2:10
31-May, start time: 15:07, end time: 17:17 - Attendance: 4,100
"We had expected a very difficult match because 10 of our 12 players woke up at 3am due to the jetlag after 27 hours of travel from Athens. We lost the first set and I realized that this would be a match not of tactics but of mental strength. I encouraged my players to play with heart until the very end of the match", said Greece coach Stylianos Prosalikas. "I believe that one of the reasons why we managed to win today is that we had more experience than Japan through our tougher professional league".

Mikiyasu Tanaka of Japan expressed his disappointment, "We did not deliver our effective serving against them. We are trying to strengthen our serving to match the very competitive level of the other counties of the World League. But unfortunately today we could not manage to test their serve receiving".