Honda: Blocking was key to our victory


Japan scored 10 blocks against France in their 3-2 win in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship

Riffa, Bahrain, August 20, 2017 – Japan coach Hiroshi Honda said that blocking was the key to their 3-2 victory over France in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Sunday.

Japan coach Hiroshi Honda: It was a very tough match. We played with good defence and our blocking was key. We will now prepare for our match against Poland. Our goal now is to play at a high level in every match before we can start thinking of qualification.

Japan captain Kento Miyaura: France are a very strong team. We managed to stay motivated in the game and to stick to our strategy. We had great control of our mind and strategy in this game.

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France coach Belmadi Slimane: I do not know what happened. I just know three times we gave five points in the fourth and fifth sets. It is impossible to win if we give up 15 points to our opponents. I think we waited to win the game. We did not do a good job. Both teams made a great match. The players were very good. We need to learn to finish the match if we want a medal in the World Championship.

France captain Lucas Soldner: Japan are a very good team and they have very good defence. They played well. We made a lot of errors in this game. We cannot win if we make so many errors.


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