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Italian head coach admits it’s always difficult to play the first match of the tournament

Dominican Republic
Head coach Enrique Larrazaleta
“Despite the loss, I’m happy with my players’ form. I think we played well. We trailed 0-6 at the beginning, but that does not mean we were nervous. I think Italy started strongly, while my players made too many mistakes in the first set. We next play Brazil. I admit that it will be a daunting task against them. We have to play every team in Pool C and we, therefore, can’t be afraid of any team.”

Captain - Yeniffer Cristina Ramirez Espinal
“I’m satisfied with my team’s performance. We did our best. We trained seven months together and I think it worked well despite the fact that we lost our first match in the championship. I hope we will make our next matches better ones.”

Head coach Maurizio Moretti
“It’s very difficult to play in the first match of the tournament. However, we just did our best today in the tough match against Dominican Republic. I think the Dominicans played very well with aggressive spikes. I’m happy with my team’s form.”

Captain Letizia Camera
“Dominican Republic is a strong team. Fortunately, we could beat them. We next take on Slovakia. I think it would be an easier task as we beat the rivals before in the European Championship, which we won 3-1 in the third-place play-off. I hope we can beat them again here.”




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