Semifinals will be even harder - Japan coach Abo Kiyoshi


Ankara, Turkey, August 17, 2015 - Japan reached the semifinals after defeating Peru 3-0 (25 -18, 25-20, 25-15) in the last game in Pool B of 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship in Ankara, Turkey. Read what coaches and captains said after the match.

Japan coach Abo Kiyoshi: All of our players are playing better compared to the beginning of the tournament. Our teamwork and cooperation is really good. All teams in this championship are very strong. In preliminary round all games were very tough. Semifinals will be even harder. We should perform our best in the semifinals.

Japan player Arisa Inoue: We are playing better and better every day. We want to win a medal. To reach that goal we will do our best. Semifinals will be very tough. And there will be a very strong audience in the hall. We have to deal with it.

Peru assistant coach Martin Escudero: We had a big concentration problem in last two games. Today it was very obvious. In the beginning of the sets we were competitive but after that point Japan made a big difference. We lost against a very strong team. 

Peru player Andrea Urrutia: We are a young team. We lost our concentration very quickly. That is why we fell behind against good teams. We are very sorry.


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