Manila, Philippines, August 13, 2017 – Even one of the best defensive teams in the world has bad days.
This is what Japan head coach Kumi Nakada admitted in a post-game interview after her wards completed a straight-set victory 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 over Chinese Taipei in the top 8 playoff match at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Sunday at the Alonte Sports Arena.
While it looks as if the Japanese spikers cruised to their straight three wins in the tournament, Nakada believes otherwise.
“I think we had bad reception today. It was because the opponents are a good serving team,” said the Japanese coach, talking about Chinese Taipei scoring 11 easy points off aces against Japan.
To make up for the team’s lukewarm reception, Yurie Nabeya and Haruyo Shimamura piled on the points and ended the match with 15 markers apiece.
Still unscathed after three outings, Japan will have their plate full on Monday when they face crowd favorites Thailand.
Vouching that her players are in good condition in spite of the team’s busy schedule, Nakada said preparations for their remaining matches will be nothing out of the ordinary.
“We treat every game the same. We prepare ourselves for the game the same way regardless of who we’re up against,” she closed.
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