Good attacking was the key to today’s success – Japan coach Kiyoshi Abo


Captain Misaki Yamauchi and coach Kiyoshi enjoy their straight-set win versus Cuba

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 11, 2017 – Japan captured their first win here in Ljubljana by defeating Cuba in straight sets 4-0 (15-12, 15-12, 15-7, 15-13) at 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship on Monday. The Japanese were happy with today’s performance.

Japan coach Kiyoshi Abo:
“Today my team played much better then yesterday. Our attacking improved. I am convinced that we will continue to play like this also in the next matches. We have to focus on our game and play with confidence.”

Japan captain Misaki Yamauchi:
“We are very happy to win the first match here in Ljubljana. Despite the 4-0 victory, the match was not easy for us. We prepared well for today’s match. All my teammates played very well.”

Cuba coach Wilfredo Robinson: “Our performance today was better than against Turkey on Sunday. We improved but made too many mistakes in the end of the sets although we were good in blocking.”

Cuba captain Diaris De La Caridad Perez: “We hope that we would perform better in this match but in the final moments of the sets we committed too many errors and eventually lost the match.”

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

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