FIVB VolleyWorld 9/2013 - English - page 23

Algeria go down fighting on World
Grand Prix debut
They may have ended without a win, but for the coaches and
players of World Grand Prix debutants Algeria the tournament at
least provided the North Africans with a great learning experience.
Beginning the first round of matches in Pool C in Japan, they faced
the hosts, Turkey and Thailand, losing all three encounters 3-0.
After the first weekend Algeria’s dispirited coach Saimani Aidad
Eddine said, “It is very difficult for me to prepare my inexperienced
players for the challenges against such strong teams. I don’t know
what happened with my team today, they fell in the second set and
could not recover. We have to work a lot to improve our game and
mental stability.”
Even though the Algeria team failed to win a match in the World Grand Prix, they
more than made up for it with their fighting spirit
Italy eye continued development
World No. 4 Italy have hopes for continued improvement with an eye
to the FIVB World Championship 2014 on home soil on the back of
their fifth place performance in the 2013 World Grand Prix.
Missing a host of key players from the squad including former captain
Eleonora Lo Bianco, Francesca Piccinini and Simona Gioli, the young
Italian team lost three matches in a row in the World Grand Prix
Finals against Japan, China and Brazil. However, new coach Marco
Mencarelli believed it was a good learning experience for the young
Italy’s young team will have benefitted from the experience
of the World Grand Prix
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