Manabe warns of tough road ahead for Japan


Japan have had two comfortable wins but the road gets tougher from here

Tokyo, Japan, May 15, 2016 - While Japanese coach Masatoshi Manabe was happy with his team’s win, he warned the competition gets much tougher now. A disappointed Vyacheslav Shapran said his team had plated at less than 20 per cent.

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe - “Just like yesterday we played with concentration. I think our serves were very good.

“Ishii is in good form. I used her as a relief ace today. If Saori and Koga struggle, I bring in Ishii.”

“The tough portion of the tournament starts now with the next five games. We play Korea next and Yeon-Koung is one of the best players in the world.”

Kazakhstan coach Vyacheslav Shapran - “I think Japan is a highly skilled team. We could not practice what we prepared for today. We could not serve and receive. The Japan team played good combination volleyball.”

“We could not even play 20 percent of what we could do. The home crowd made it tough for us.”

“Our team is still lacking experience. Many of the players were nervous tonight in the first time playing against Japan and could not play to their full potential.”

Japan captain Saori Kimura - “Against an Asian team it is good that we won in three sets. We did make some easy mistakes which can lead to more serious problems, so we must correct them.”

Kazakhstan captain Radmila Beresneva - “Japan played very quickly. This was a disaster for us. If we can receive, we can play better.”


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