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It was important to beat the Netherlands: Barbolini

Italy coach Massimo Barbolini: "Today, I'm really happy with the result because for us it was important to win against the Dutch team. It's another step for our goal to arrive in the Final 6 in Ningbo. The first set was very tough, but after that we played better in the second half of the sets. Now we have to think about the match tomorrow against Japan; it will be a very difficult match"

(Re. Setter Eleonora Lo Bianco) "Lo Bianco hasn't played some matches because she has a little problem. If tomorrow she has no problem, she will play. Rondon plays sometimes to get experience and she's doing very well."

Italy captain Eleonora Lo Bianco: "I think today it was very important to win this game. Against the Netherlands I think we played a good game. We tried to serve very hard and we blocked and defended very well I think. Now we have to think about tomorrow's game against Japan."

"I haven't played against Japan this year, but I like to play against this team; I like the way they play. So, I hope to play a very good game."

Netherlands coach Avital Selinger: "Congratulations to Italy for the win. I think the first set we were OK. In the second and third sets up to around 10 points we were even and from that moment on we were not able to cope. Italy played consistently at the same level, while we went down and had too many unforced errors. I hoped we would be able to play for longer and keep up with Italy. We must put the match behind us and concentrate on tomorrow's match and try to do better than today."

Netherlands captain Manon Flier: "Congratulations to the Italy team. I think in the first set we had some chances; unfortunately, we didn't take them. In the second and third sets especially we didn't have enough pressure with our serve and they had a lot of pressure. Due to too many unforced errors we let Italy play, so we couldn't reach our own level. I'm quite disappointed in the way we played. There were some nice parts, but we could have played better."

Netherlands No. 14 Laura Dijkema: "In the first set we had chances, but we let Italy play and I think we could have played better."


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