Hamamatsu, Japan, September 12, 2015 – Venezuela edged Tunisia 3-2 (19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 28-26, 15-13) in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup at Hamamatsu Arena on Saturday.
Venezuela coach Vincenzo Nacci: "This is a very welcome victory for me and my players. We did a lot of hard work before this World Cup and today showed the result of that hard work. We’ve been doing weight training so our physical condition is getting better. We’re playing in the Olympic qualifiers next year so this is a great opportunity for us to play in a big tournament. Every time we play we are desperate to win and that is why we work hard. The team consists of young players but they need to be patient. They certainly have the potential to improve."
Venezuela captain Kervin Pinerua: "I’m very happy with the win but it was a very tough game. I was really relieved after the game. Things went well today. We had some pressure in the fifth set but everything worked out well."
Venezuela player Willner Rivas: "I’m very happy today; it was a great game and a very tough game. We won, so I’m very satisfied, although it was a difficult game. But we got into our rhythm and could use our technique. It was hard work, but we won."
Tunisia coach Fathi Mkaouar: "It was a very close game as both teams wanted to win. We lost 3-2 so congratulations to Venezuela. The main reason for the defeat was our poor technique. The players weren’t precise in their play."
Tunisia captain Marouen Garci: "We were able to show our development in today’s game but we still need to improve on some details, but overall it was a good game."