Bulgarian captain Vladimir Nikolov: “It is not a shame being defeated by Brazil due to their strength. However, I think that both teams can improve. We will look at our mistakes and try to fix them to the second match”.
Brazilian captain Giba: “Bernardo and our staff were very successful in selecting the players for this match as we do not have the group complete. It is hard to make evaluations in the first match of the season, but it is clear that we are very far from the volleyball we will need to present in World League Final Round and World Championship”.
Bulgarian head coach Silvano Prandi “It was a tough match. We were good in blocking, but were not able to do well in digging and serving, especially. I looked at the stats in the end of the match and noticed that we scored a single serve point and made 26 errors. Brazil, for its side, had seven serve points and 14 mistakes”.
Brazilian head coach Bernardo Rezende: “We knew we would have trouble in this match, especially for being our first in the tournament. Bulgarian are strong in serving and blocking and we started the match trying to face their huge block. When we spiked with intelligence, the game got better for us. It was an important win and we expect a tough match on Saturday”.