Thursday, 5 August 2021
Back to FIVB's homepage
RSS RSS l Contact l 
 Match info | Press Conference
Japan had superior organisation: Korea coach

From the left Korea captain LEE, Sook-Ja, coach KIM, Hyung-Sil, Japan coach Manabe Masayoshi and captain Erika Araki
Korea coach Kim Hyung-Sil: People think today's match, Korea vs Japan, was a matter of pride for both teams and would give us added pressure, but actually we didn't have that much mental pressure in today's match. But we now realize Japan have strong organizational power and they demonstrated this again. And our team had many unforced errors during the match. Before today's match, we had practice session on strong serves and receiving serves. We tried to use this during the match, but things didn’t go well. We had many unforced errors when receiving, especially on serves coming from the left. From now on, we will do our best in the remaining matches of the World Grand Prix and devote all our strength towards next year's London Olympics.

Korea captain Lee Sook-Ja: Today, our first set didn't go well. During the second and third sets, however, we had various opportunities to get points, but we lost them because of ourselves. I think we didn’t have enough time to prepare for the World Grand Prix and our organizational power was not strong enough to defeat Japan. We are sorry for not showing our best in today's match.

Japan captain Erika Araki: Yesterday, the players and coaches talked about the loss [to Brazil on Friday] and I am pleased we were able to show what we have practiced. I think the most important factors were service and reception. We have been trying to play our own style and it seems we did a good job today.

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe: We reflected on our loss yesterday and today our serve and reception worked very well, and this was the main factor in today's victory.


  Photo gallery

More Photos