We had to build up our energy during the game, says Kotoh


Japan had to build up their energy during the game to overcome Argentina in straight sets

Tokyo, Japan, August 22, 2015 – Japan outclassed Argentina in a straight-set encounter to close the opening day’s matches in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup at the Yoyogi National Stadium on Saturday.

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe: “As this is the first match of the tournament, the team played did not play relaxed. I'm happy we were able to win. I planned to use all of my players today because we will play Russia tomorrow. We didn't beat Russia the last time we played them.”

Japan captain Saori Kimura: “I'm so happy we could win the first game. We made many easy mistakes that we need to fix before the next game.”

Japan player Chizuru Kotoh: “I didn't think we played very well. We had to build up our energy during the game. I did not feel relaxed in the first set.”

Japan player Miyu Nagaoka: “We were able to play consistently from beginning to the end.”

Japan player Sarina Koga: “I'm happy that we won. We have tough games coming up.”

Argentina coach Guillermo Orduna: “We could not play our best game today. One reason is that we were unable to adapt to the show environment and level of our opponents. We are not used to playing in this type of atmosphere with the noise and size of the crowd. You need a lot of concentration when you play against Japan.”

Argentina captain Emilce Sosa: “Our fatigue isn't an excuse, but it was difficult for us with the time difference. We have only been here for two days and we are not accustomed to their speed.”


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