Our serves set the tone in this victory, says Manabe


Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe credits his team's serving was a key factor in their victory

Sendai, Japan, August 31, 2015 - Japan defeated their Asian rivals Korea 3-0 in the second round of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at the Sendai Gymnasium on Monday.

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe: "I thought our players might be nervous tonight but they were not. Our serves were good from the beginning and that was important. We have a big match tomorrow and tonight was a great preparation for it."

Japan captain Saori Kimura: "We won in straight sets (against Korea) and I'm so happy. We have a big match tomorrow. We will put everything into it and we will work together."

Japan player Sarina Koga: "We served well in this match and we plan to be more aggressive against Serbia tomorrow."

Japan player Haruka Miyashita: "We had good concentration from the beginning and that was important."

Korea coach Lee Jung-Chul: "From the start we had a hard time with finding our rhythm. We had chances in the second set but could not find our the right moment. We have a lot to work on and we will use this event to find out what we need to qualify for the Olympics.

Korea captain Kim Yeon-Koung: "We lost today, there is not much to say. We have to focus on the next game."

Korea player Lee Dae-Yong: "I'm having a hard time after this loss. It's a bitter feeling."


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