Saori: Japan planned to take control early against Kenya


Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe gives instructions to his captain Saori Kimura in their 3-0 win over Kenya in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at the Yoyogi National Stadium on Wednesday

Tokyo, Japan, August 26, 2015 - Japan routed Kenya in straight sets in the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at the Yoyogi National Stadium on Wednesday.

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe: "Our service and reception were especially good tonight. We won in straight sets and I'm very happy. We have been working on our serves. We tried to hit the ball just over the net. Otake was good at quick attacks, so I want her to work well with the setter."

Japan captain Saori Kimura: "We had a day off yesterday, so we tried to concentrate early tonight so we could take control of the match. We were able to do that and win. We need to work on making fewer mistakes on spikes and blocks."

Japan player Sarina Koga: "I'm glad we won 3-0 against an energetic team like Kenya."

Japan player Haruka Miyashita: "I'm happy we won but I made too many mistakes. I want to play better tomorrow."

Kenya coach David Lungaho: "Japan played very well tonight. We made many errors in reception. It is tough to play against them when you are not receiving well, as they play such a fast game. We hope to keep improving and play like Japan in the future."

Kenya captain Brackcides Khadambi: "Japan played a very good game. We made too many errors in reception."


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