Toyama, Japan, September 16, 2015 – Russia defeated Australia 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-18) in the FIVB World Cup at Toyama City Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Russia coach Vladimir Alekno: Looking at today’s volleyball by the elements, there were some parts I didn’t like, but overall we could win, so that’s fine.
Russia captain Dmitriy Muserskiy: The Australian team is a very good team. We’re happy to win this match, especially to win it 3-0.
Australia coach Roberto Santilli: Despite the result, I think for us this was a big step forward. I think we played very well in the first set and of course we got some aces from the Russian service. They serve very fast, but this is normal. But they made the difference at the end. But for me and my team, we made a step forward but it’s not enough to always be competitive against Russia. But we were very close in the first set. We will try to take the right thing, the good things from this experience. Playing against a big block, against a big team physically is not easy for us, for our young guys.
Australia captain Thomas Edgar: Today’s match was a very difficult game. You can’t train or simulate playing a team like Russia. They’re so big and so powerful, and they play well on serve and block. They played very clinically. We started the game very well but just at the important moments we had a few lapses, but a lot of positives to be taken out of this match. Hopefully, we can keep working day by day and finish the tournament well, especially the next two games coming up.