Japan and Peru both take positives out of their opening match of Olympic qualifier


Japan's 3-0 win against Peru thrilled the capacity Tokyo crowd

Tokyo, Japan, May 14, 2016 - Japanese coach Masayoshi Manabe singled out the performance of Miyu Nagaoka but said his team played consistent all night, while Peru coach Mauro Marasciulo is confident his team showed patches of good form that will win them matches this week.

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe - “Our service was good and our defence functioned very well, just as we had practiced. We lost very few points on their spikes tonight. I think we will keep it up tomorrow.”

“I believe there is a lot of pressure in an OQT like this. I told the team to have confidence, attack and go point-by-point.”

“Nagaoka was really good today. She made almost no mistakes on spikes as I recall. She had a great performance for the first match.”

Peru coach Mauro Marasciulo - “We prepared to win this match. We knew it would be a tough match. We have young players. We fought until it was 24-23 in the first set.”

“Their defence is good and that is why we have this result. We can compete with others if we play like we did in the first set.”

Peru captain Mirtha Uribe - “It was a tough match. Japan plays very quickly. They showed very good defence tonight. That is why our attack could not do much.”

“We played well in the first set. We will not give up in this competition.”

Japan player Erika Araki - “I was nervous at the beginning. We won and played as one through and through.” 

“To wear this uniform again and stand on the court I have great joy. The team needed me and I wanted to feel the full responsibility of it.”


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