Honda: My players deserve to be on top


Japan coach Hiroshi Honda is pleased with his team's performance after sweeping their matches in Pool B of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship

Riffa, Bahrain, August 22, 2017 – Japan coach Hiroshi Honda commended the performance of his players and said that they deserve to be on top of Pool B after they defeated Brazil in straight sets in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Tuesday.

Japan coach Hiroshi Honda:
I am very happy with the way we played I the preliminary round. We have reached our goal and my players deserved to be on top. Before the tournament, we didn’t think that we have the ability to be first. We did not know which teams would be the strongest in the competition. Now we are getting better each day and we have good confidence in the team.

Japan captain Kento Miyaura: I am very happy that we have been playing very well. We got first place but we must now change our mindset for the next stage and we must focus on our next target.

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Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho: Japan played an excellent match today. They are very technical and if you want to win against this kind of team, then you must only commit a few mistakes. We had a lot of unforced errors today. We had an opportunity in the first and second sets, but we did not take advantage of it. We need to have a little more experience in these kind of games.

I’m totally not upset about today’s game, even if we lost 3-0. In the first and second sets we played very good volleyball. I’m sure that after this round, our team have improved and we can do better in matches in the next round.

Brazil captain Joao Franck:
Even if we lost the game, we didn’t play so bad especially in the first two sets when we had the opportunity to win. We weren’t able to take advantage of these opportunities and when you play against a team like Japan, you will probably lose.


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