Alekno: "My players were nervous at the beginning"


Russia coach Vladimir Alekno said his team encountered some first day jitters but they were able to overcome this difficulty and win in the end

Hamamatsu, Japan, September 8, 2015 – Russia defeated Venezuela 3-0 (29-27, 25-16, 25-15) in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup at Hamamatsu Arena on Tuesday.

Russia coach Vladimir Alekno: "I don’t have much to say but we won, so I’m happy. The first set wasn’t so good. Maybe the players were a little nervous as it was the first set of the first match of the World Cup; that’s understandable. But we got over the problems of the first set and it was OK."

Russia captain Dmitriy Muserskiy: "It was our first match so we had a little difficulty, but we solved the problems we had in the first set. We came to Japan a little early so we could adapt to the conditions here. Physically we are OK and well prepared, so I think we can play better in the remaining games."

Venezuela coach Vincenzo Nacci: "We expected it to be a hard game as we were up against a team that is more physical, taller and more powerful than us. They’re a top-level team. But we did better than expected in the first set and overall I think we did very well. We have a young squad so they need a lot of hard work."

Venezuela captain Kervin Pinerua: "We did good in the first set but dropped a bit in the second and third sets. It was tough, but it was the first match and we hope to do better in the second match tomorrow. "

Venezuela player Fernando Gonzalez: "We concentrated well in the first set and did pretty good. We had a chance to win it, but in the second and third sets we realised the different strength between Russia and ourselves. I think we did better than expected and I’m satisfied with the result even though we couldn’t win."


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