Honda: Good motivation and attitude gave good results


Riffa, Bahrain, August 24, 2017 - Japan singled out the right mentality as the key to their fifth straight win in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship, beating Puerto Rico 3-0 on Thursday at Isa City Sports Hall.

Japan coach Hiroshi Honda: Today, we had a very important match against Puerto Rico. I am very happy with how the players performed. Good motivation and good attitude against pressure gave us good results.

Japan captain Kento Miyaura: As captain of this team, I want to keep our spirits high. When we have difficult moments, or when our level of play goes down, I talk to them and cheer as a way to motivate the team.

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Puerto Rico coach Juan Albarran
: The Japanese have a very tall middle blocker and their opposite attacks so well. They are a team that can limit their errors. They defend so well and they play with a lot of patience.

Puerto Rico captain Gabriel Garcia
: Most of the players in our team are new and they have not quite experienced to play against a fast team. This is new for them but this is a part of the process and we should get ready for it. We can learn that our team’s style of playing is not the only kind of volleyball. There are so many styles of volleyball around the world, that can better and faster. That is what motivates us to keep growing as a team and as players to just be good in doing what we love.


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