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We need to be focused for tomorrow - Slovenia coach Chiappini

 
Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 15, 2017 - Slovenia's five-set win over Egypt to close pool play at the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship had the hosts satisfied and anticipating the semifinals, but left the African side contemplating what could have been.

Slovenia coach, Alessandro Chiappini: "I'm very happy for the girls. It's nice that we won, though it doesn't count too much. We need to be focused for tomorrow, because we'll fight for the medals."

Slovenia top scorer Pia Blazic: "We were qualified for the semifinals already before this match, so we could start this game more relaxed, but we still wanted to win. Furthermore, the girls that don't play that much got a chance to play. We're already excited about tomorrow and we're going for the final."

Egypt coach, Maged Mohamed: "We didn’t play so good as in the past matches. We have problems with the injury of our setter, our top scorer Aya Elshamy also has some problems with her muscle. My players were as well very demotivated because of the win of Thailand against the Dominican Republic. But this is sport and we will try to be better next time."

Egypt setter Mariam Ebrahim: "Our goal was to get among the best eight teams. Sadly we didn't succeed and we'll have to raise our performance in the next competitions."

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

Quick links - Volleyball:
FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017
FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017 - Schedule
FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017 - Teams
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