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Antiga: Team spirit brought us back in the game


Poland coach Stephane Antiga was pleased with his team's attitude in their 3-2 win over China

Tokyo, Japan, June 1, 2016 – Poland coach Stephane Antiga pointed out that their team spirit helped in their comeback, while China coach Xie Guochen still took some positives in their performance in the first two sets.

Poland coach Stephane Antiga: “We are happy with the victory. We didn't choose the easiest way to win. China had good reception in the first two sets. I appreciate the spirit of my team. China was up 2-0 and we came back with some good substitutions. We have a chance to qualify from tomorrow. We are happy tonight but not enough to relax. Venezuela is one of the weaker teams here but we have to make sure we come out with energy tomorrow.”

Poland captain Michal Kubiak: “We are happy to win. China were difficult opponents. We had problems in the first two sets because we didn't receive well. We are not qualified yet. We will do our best against Venezuela tomorrow. China are the best blocking team in this competition, but we found a solution to their blocks in the third, fourth and fifth sets.”

China coach Xie Guochen: “Poland are an excellent team. I was happy with our play in the first two sets. From the third set we made mistakes and gave Poland many chances. They corrected their mistakes and gave us few chances. We did get one point from today's match, so that is good.”

China captain Jiao Shuai: “It was a very good game. We were able to show the best bits of our volleyball. Poland are a first class team and I could feel the difference in the technical levels. We will take inspiration from this match going forward.”

China player Chen Longhai: “In some moments we were able to corner them, but we made many mistakes in service and that is why we lost. They played to their full potential.”


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