Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe made use of all his players in their 3-0 win over Cuba in the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at the Yoyogi National Stadium on Monday
Tokyo, Japan, August 24, 2015 - Japan defeated Cuba in a straight-set match in the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at the Yoyogi National Stadium on Monday.
Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe: "It was unfortunate that we lost yesterday. Today we had good concentration throughout the match. We tried to strengthen our reception at our camp after the World Grand Prix and it worked well tonight. We need to improve on our middle spikes. We are trying to qualify for the Olympics, so I try to make use of all 14 of our players in this tournament."
Japan captain Saori Kimura: "We played with our young players tonight. We are improving game by game, and I'm glad we won."
Japan player Mami Uchiseto: "We used a different team today. We lost in five sets yesterday, so I'm glad we won today. I'm glad I could play the entire match."
Japan player Haruka Miyashita: "I could not relax at the start but then I started to play better after."
Cuba coach Roberto Garcia: "We need to learn how to receive against a team like Japan. They are good at serves. We knew this would be a tough game, but we had a chance to test our tactics for the coming matches."