Kobe, Japan, May 10, 2017 – Volero Zurich coach Zoran Terzic told his players to exercise patience when they faced the defence-driven NEC Red Rockets in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship Kobe 2017.
Volero Zurich coach Zoran Terzic: “I told my players that it is important to have patience against the Japanese team. I believe that they have the best defence in the world. When you play against them and if you are not patient in your plays, it is guaranteed that you will lose to them.
“This was a very interesting game. Our target was to win 3-0 and we did it, but I cannot be satisfied. Our opponent played quick plays and good defence. We played more relaxed today than yesterday.”
Volero Zurich captain Natalya Mammadova: “This was an important win for us. We played very well. It is hard to play Japanese teams because they play a different style of fast volleyball, but we played well on attack and defence today.”
Volero Zurich player Kenia Carcaces: “I was 19 when I played here. It was my first experience outside the Cuban national team. I learned a lot about volleyball in this country and it’s nice to come back.
“NEC Red Rockets is quick very quick on offence and defence, which made it hard for us to win.”
NEC Red Rockets coach Akinori Yamada: “We were unable to put our style forward in this match. We decided to fight using our own style of play today. We could not really respond to their height advantage, but we did take a step forward today with our play. Our non-national team players got used to going up against these top players.”
NEC Red Rockets captain Haruyo Shimamura: “We had better service today than yesterday. We narrowed down our blocking targets and that allowed us to have a close score. We fell short of winning a set, but we were able to try and score as many points as possible.”
NEC Red Rockets player Sarina Koga: “Our combination plays gave us rhythm. We will try to do some more in the next match.”
NEC Red Rockets player Akari Oumi: “Our service-reception was better today, which led to more rallies. We hope to play like we did today in the next match. We should be on the offensive and not on the defensive side in the next match.”