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De Moura credits Osasco players’ good focus in win over Hisamitsu

 
Kobe, Japan, May 13, 2017 – Osasco Voleibol Clube coach Luizomar De Moura recognised his team needed to get their focus back after a sad loss on Friday at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship Kobe 2017.

“We are still sad about yesterday’s match,” De Moura said. “We promised ourselves that we would give 100 per cent in today’s game. Each of the previous four times our club has appeared in this tournament, we earned a medal. That dream is gone now.”

De Moura and captain Gabriela De Souza vowed that they will give their best to win.

“Our concentration was high today and we executed well. We are determined to play Osasco volleyball until the end of the competition. We will play the last game with a sense of responsibility to our fans.”

“It was a pity we did not make it to the semifinals,” De Souza said. “I entered the court today and I was determined to give my best so we get fifth place.”

Hisamitsu players felt that their rivals were not as tall as their previous ones and that her team would fight better.

“Compared to the other teams here, they were smaller,” captain Chizuru Koto said. “We were hoping to win after rallies against they but they were powerful. They overwhelmed us and we could not pass the ball like we wanted to.”

“We scored over 20 points in all sets tonight,” Ayano Nakaoji said. “We had many cases wherein we lost several points in a row. We might have won some sets if we didn’t make lose this much points.”

Hisamitsu coach Shingo Sakai found some positive points in the match even though they missed a valuable player in their roster.

“I moved Ishii to Shinnabe’s position and brought in Imamura, which gave us good formation,” Sakai said. “We still fell short though on getting sideout points.”

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