The Serbians mounted a wall on the Japanese attackers in the final set that helped them take a 3-2 win in the second round of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup on Tuesday
Sendai, Japan, September 1, 2015 - Serbia outplayed Japan 3-2 in the second round of the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at the Sendai Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Serbia coach Zoran Terzic: "It was a very interesting game as it always is when we play Japan. I am satisfied because we won and played well in the final set. I congratulate my team. We had good results here and hope to continue this way in Nagoya."
Serbia captain Maja Ognjenovic: "It was a good fight tonight. We didn't play like we know how. We knew this was an important match. We played well in the second and third sets. We will see if we are good enough to go from here to the Rio 2016 Olympics."
Serbia player Tijana Boskovic: "We are so happy because we won. Japan played well but we played well in the third and fifth sets."
Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe: "It's a real shame that we lost in five sets tonight. We could not do much against their high blocks. We had trouble with the high balls. We need more passing and communication."
Japan captain Saori Kimura: "We wanted to win but could not in the end. We have three games left and must take what we learned from this match. I could not spike well tonight and I feel like I let the team down."
Japan player Sarina Koga: "It's a shame we could not win. We will do our best in the next matches."
Japan player Riho Otake: "We had a good start but could not continue it until the end."