FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Russia coach Marichev pleased with blocks after victory


Russians celebrate their victory while the Dominicans march away

Nagoya, Japan, November 13, 2013 - The total of 21 blocks recorded by Russia was a valuable commodity in the victory over Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Russia coach - Iury Marichev: This tournament is more difficult than the European Championships. We have tough games here. As a team we only had four practices together, so there was not enough time for the attackers and setters to work together. We had 21 blocks in the match tonight, so I am very happy about this.

Dominican Republic coach - Marcos Kwiek: It was a tough match for us. They are very strong on blocks. We made some mistakes on receiving. I felt that we were a little short on the offensive end. There is no time for regrets. We have to start thinking about the next match.

Russia captain - Ekaterina Pankova: We played as one tonight. We lost the second set but came back together. I think we played better tonight than in yesterday's match.

Russia player - Liubov Shashkova: We came here to win. It was not a stable game for us as we won the first set then lost the second. We won in the end because of our teamwork and ability on the high block.

Dominican captain - Bethania De La Cruz: It was a tough match. We started out very poorly and had no rhythm. We played better in the second set. We lost focus in the third set. It was unfortunate that we lost.


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