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Today, we sometimes lost our positivity but we continued to fight to the end. China have height and really no weak points, but we have to find a way to compete against that. I think we achieved our targets for this year, more or less, but it’s obvious we have many challenges, so we have to analyse these well in order to prepare for next year. In terms of results, we didn’t do so well, but we played strong countries and sometimes we were able to take sets, which should help with the confidence of our players. Overall this competition was a very good experience for our players.Japan captain Nana Iwasaka:
I started in today’s game but couldn’t produce good results. It was partly due to a lack of technique. Of course, we must defend against Zhu Ting, but we needed to defend against their other players who can all score. We should have been better to stop them with better blocking. Overall, as captain I feel I didn’t lead the team as I should have done, so that disappoints me.Japan player Erika Araki:
Today against China, we were able to score well in some instances but they came back at us with strong spikes, push shots and good blocking. As they started to dominate, they were able to score more easily and we had fewer options in the end. It really doesn’t matter who we play, we should be able to determine the outcome as a team. We have done that to some extent as a team, so it gives us something to work from. But as a team we have a lot of room for improvement.Japan player Miya Sato:
Today, we really felt the strength of China, but really we were the reason why we lost the match. If you fail to do what you should do, it becomes really difficult to win. We wanted to increase the number of back row attacks in this game but in the first part of the game, we saw they could stop them too easily. Appearing on a global stage like this, I can see I need to acquire better techniques and improve mentally as well.