Tokyo, Japan, June 7, 2019 – Brazil defeated pool hosts Japan in their first match in week 4 of the 2019 women’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
Ana Paula Borgo Bedani Guedes scored a match high 26 points for Brazil. Gabriela Braga Guimaraes added another 13 points.Sarina Koga led japan 26 points with teammate Yuki Ishii adding 18 points.
Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes: “In the sets we won, our performance was very stable.
In the set we lost, Japan put in place a great defence system and we could not score attack points. Both teams made few mistakes and we played high-level volleyball. We will keep doing our best for the next game.”
Brazil captain Natalia Pereira: “I’d like to say congratulations to ourselves because our performance was really great today. It was a very tough game as Japan put in place a top-level defensive system, and at the same time hit with various kinds of attacks. At first, we had ups and downs during the game, but we were able to calm down.”
Japan coach Kumi Nakada: “The main reason we lost the game is that we could not play well at the beginning of the game. Our performance was not so bad, but we did not score the points against Brazil. Our outside hitters were good, but we have to make a well-balanced offensive system including attacks by middle players.”
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