Coaches say teams are ready for battle in final round


Yokohama, Japan, October 18, 2018 - The coaches of the teams in the final round of the FIVB Women's World Championship met the media on Thursday to talk about the competition ahead of the start of play on Friday.

China coach Lang Ping: Our team is in good condition. We have played well in the long tournament. We are evolving and learning. All of the remaining teams are excellent and strong teams. The Italian team has been evolving for years. We hope to win against them.

Italy coach Davide Mazzanti: Our team is in good shape. We are happy to be in the last four teams. After two days of rest, we have recovered our  energy. We are happy to be playing against the Olympic champions. I am enchanted to coach against Lang Ping, for whom I have great respect. Playing against China is always exciting. I don't feel we have pressure or an advantage having beaten them in the previous match. I think the small details will decide the match. China is richer in experience than our team. Our target in this event was to gain experience. Tomorrow we will try to show what we have learned and show our team identity on the court.
Netherlands coach Jamie Morrison: Our team is ready to play. We have learned a lot of lessons in this long tournament and will try to put them to use against Serbia. Any of the four teams could win. We are ready for the challenge. (Tijana) Boskovic did not play that last time we played Serbia. We served well against them and disrupted their reception. We hope to do the same again. Serbia is one of the best teams in the world.

Serbia coach Zoran Terzic was not feeling well and was unable to attend the press meet, but will endeavour to send his remarks about the final round of play.

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