Kobe, Japan, May 13, 2017 – Bernardo Rezende
’s Rexona-SESC will have a a shot at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship podium after the Rio-based Brazilian club team bested Volero Zurich 3-1 (25-13, 25-16, 21-25, 26-24) on Saturday at Green Arena Kobe.
“We are happy to beat a great team like Volero. We prepared well. Our service made the impact we needed,” Bruno said. “We had some mistakes in the third set but came back. It was a battle to the last point.”
Rexona-SESC utilised younger players to bring them to experience the level of competition. Bruno will go all out to face the current club champions in Europe.
“Tomorrow we will play in the final. VakifBank is like an All-Star team. We will prepare and do our best,” Bruno added.
“We came on the court with energy, good vibrations and spirit. We know that good things will happen,” Bidias said. “We are very happy with the victory. We hope to play great tomorrow against VakifBank.”
Volero Zurich coach Zoran Terzic
commended their opponents’ achievement while reflecting on his own team’s flawed performance.
“Rexona deserved to win, no doubt about it,” Terzic said. “For some reason we have played very bad at the important step of the semifinals. I think we can't play with pressure. I'm not sure why, but we have to find a way to fix this.”
Volero Zurich captain Natalya Mammadova
was disappointed to lose a hard-fought match.
“I'm so sad that we lost,” Mammadova said. “We prepared for a fight but we didn't show our aspects as we practised. We showed power in the third set, but it wasn't enough for us to come back and win.”