Tehran, Iran, August 6, 2015 – Japan struggled hard to stun world No.16 Korea, silver medallists at the previous Asian meet two years ago in Dubai, the UAE, in thrilling hard-fought five sets 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 15-25, 15-13.
Coach of Japan, Nambu Musashi: “We just target the semi-final match and therefore, we played Korea as if they could not stop us. This was one of the reasons how we won the match. Overall, we played well. We lost the third and fourth sets but regained our form to lead in the fifth set. Korea didn’t field a couple of key players due to injuries and were physically tired. This led us to the victory. I’m so happy.”
Captain of Japan, Shimizu Kunihiro, “We just came for the victory. Korea was also good but we managed to take control of the game in the fifth set and I am very happy with this victory.”
Head coach of Korea, Moon Yonhkwan, “Some of our injured players affected the inspiration of my team. It was one of the reasons behind our loss. To be mentally in good shape is an important fact in performance. Before this tournament we had a lot of injured players and during the game, we lost some players too.”
Captain of Korea, Kwon Youngmin, “It was one of our most difficult games during this championship. We tried our best but couldn’t make it. We were perfect in our previous match against Iran but it was not our day today.”