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2009 FIVB Women's Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo - Fukuoka, Japan
10 - 15 November 2009

 Match info | Press Conference
Japan could be champions: Ze Roberto

Brazil coach Ze Roberto

"In the first set we didn't start well. From 19-12 we did a better job and were able to take over the game. We blocked well and our service went well, and that changed the flow of the game."

(Re. Wednesday's game against Japan)

"Dominica did well up to 19-12 today, so tomorrow we will have to be careful about how we approach the game at the start. I believe tomorrow's game will be a tough game and I believe that Japan could end up being the champions of this tournament. During our practice matches, I felt the Japanese team had improved in the last couple of weeks.

"We had three practice matches and we felt that Japan's service is strong and precise, and their speed of blocking is very good. And they receive well."

(What did you tell your players during the first set?)

"They were not playing their usual game and we couldn't take over until 19-12, so I told them to go back to the basics and play their best."

Brazil captain Danielle Lins

"We started slowly and it was hard to play against Dominica. Our play down the middle, especially our blocking and for me personally my service, worked well.

"As for tomorrow's game against Japan, Japan have different characteristics. We need to play together, including those coming off the bench."

Brazil No. 8 Adenizia Silva

"Just like Danielle said, the start of the match was bad, but after that we were able to concentrate very well and in the end we were really good.

"Regarding tomorrow's match, we must concentrate because Japan's offense will be so fast and the Japan team knows our playing style well. But if we play like today, especially the way we did at the end of the first set and in the final set, we can win the game."

Dominican Republic captain Milagros Cabral de la Cruz

"At the start of today's match things went very well, but we couldn't keep our concentration during the match and Brazil started to score against us. Then, we couldn't catch up with them."

Dominican Coach Marcos Kwiek

"The first set was good and we served well because we've been practicing our serve for this match, but we had a few errors in the middle of the first set and Brazil went into the lead. Then, it was hard to catch up with Brazil. We would like to have a more stable performance next time."


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