Nomoto: We were determined to win

Tokyo, Japan, September 5, 2017 – Japan player Rika Nomoto said that the players were determined to win against Korea in their opening day match in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup on Tuesday.

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Japan player Rika Nomoto:
We were determined to win today. I was aggressive in attack so that we can score more points, but by doing this, I held the team back in defence.

Japan coach Kumi Nakada: This opening game was nerve-racking. We were not in great condition, but it’s good that we won and got the three points. It was good that we did not allow Korea’s great service game to disrupt our plays, but we have room for improvement on our attack efficiency.

Japan player Risa Shinnabe: This was an important match to win. We were nervous because it was the first match. We will prepare for our match tomorrow and do whatever we can to win.

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Korea coach Hong Sungjin:
Japan are solid in basics. They have agility, quickness and great technique, but today I thought they played a little bit slow - that is why we played well against them in each set.

Korea captain Kim Su Ji: Our team has a lot of young players and they played more actively than we expected. This was a great experience for us. Japan’s basic skills are very solid and they are always well-prepared.


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