Tokyo, Japan, May 21, 2016 - Dreams can come true, Italian coach Marco Bonitta said after his team secured a place at this year’s Olympic Games, while Japanese coach Masayoshi Manabe said he was relieved his team had also qualified for Rio.
Italy coach Marco Bonitta - “Dreams come true. We had some tough moments tonight. I want to thank the players, they fought until the end.”
“I really feel strongly for my players. Now we can start talking about the Olympics.”
Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe - “We wanted to win to end tonight's game. Our mission was to make the Olympics and that was achieved so I am relieved.”
“Kimura's spikes were on fire. For the first time in a while I saw some flame coming out the back of Kimura”.
Italy captain Antonella Del Core - “To be honest, I am quite tired. We played until the end and did not give up. The volleyball was not very good, but we won.”
Japan captain Saori Kimura - “To be honest we wanted to win to top off going to the Olympics. It's good we made the Olympics with one game left.”