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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Press Conference

Netherlands beat Czech. Republic 3-2 (15-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-11) - duration 2:00
30-Sep, start time: 15:40, end time: 17:40 - Attendance: 6,500
Martin Lebl - Player of the Czech Republic team

"It was a close game. We fought a lot till the last set. We are not happy because we lost two matches but we keep the hope to win tomorrow."

Julio Velasco - Head Coach of the Czech Republic team

"Congratulations to the Holland team for this victory. I agree with Martin, that it was a close game. We played better than yesterday, it means that we are improving every day. Tomorrow, I hope to play better than today. The team was getting used to play friendly games, and was not accustomed to feel the pressure of an official match. Anyway, the next match is very important and the last set will define everything."

Reinder Nummerdor - Captain of the Netherland team

"We had a weak start, just the opposite as the game of the first day. We showed a great character and I would like to have a compliment to the middle blocker, who played very well."

Bert Goedkoop - Head Coach of the Netherland team

"I'm proud of my players' performance, because they played with energy and character. And I agree with Reinder, because our middle blocker, specially Sander Olsthoorn, played one of his best games. I thought we were not going to play as good as yesterday, because that kind of matches is played once a year."

/ajm