Manila, Philippines, October 22, 2016 – Hisamitsu Spring Kobe played their fast-paced game and defeated the home team PSL-F2 Logistics Manila in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.
Kumi Nakada, Hisamitsu Springs Kobe coach: “There were so many fans that added excitement to the game so it was a little difficult for us.
“Philippine players are really very good in serving.
“Their libero (Yuri Fukuda) impressed me the most.”
Miyu Nagaoka, Hisamitsu Springs Kobe captain: “So many fans watched the game and everyone is excited for our team as well.
“It’s very important that we plan on how to start the game tomorrow.
Moro Branislav, PSL-F2 Logistics Manila coach: “It was not an excellent match today. My strategy normally focused on the block and serve. The blocking didn’t work today.
“Hisamitsu plays in big competitions so it was a very difficult match but my team played good today.
“Hisamitsu is a very disciplined team, and every point worked for them even though most of their players are not that tall. They were really good in receiving.
“Japan played Japan style, and this is a very difficult play. They won every set. They are a very strong team and is the best organised team in Japan for 10 years with the best players.
“This is a rare moment. PSL played for four matches already at this moment against big teams. We'll work a little combination tomorrow.
“I have respect for Bangkok glass but in my opinion, there is a big chance for us to maybe win tomorrow. Maybe for the first time in history, one Philippine team will win in a world club competition. Tomorrow's game against Bangkok is more important. I believe in my players, there is a big chance of winning or having better play.”
Rachel Anne Daquis, PSL-F2 Logistics Manila captain: “Hisamitsu always keeps me amazed with their fast pace. I hope my team will get their strategy.
“I hope we'll perform well with Bangkok Glass tomorrow and the locals will have more time to play.”