Zurich, Switzerland, May 7, 2014 - Volero Zurich captain Mira Golubovic from Serbia is one of the most prominent players at the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship which is going to start in Zurich on Wednesday not only for her performance and experience but also for her well known nervous temper.
Nervosity is the wrong word after she played three times FIVB Women’s Club World Championship and won one gold medal; nobody knows it better than Mira Golubovic, captain of host Volero Zurich. The 37 years old Serbian middle blocker knows a better description for the own feelings before this big tournament in Switzerland.
“I’m not nervous, but anxious. I can’t wait for the first game and the tournament to get started. I'm excited to do a lot in this competition,”
However, Mira Golubovic and Volero Zurich aren’t facing an easy entry-pick for the starting game of the 2014 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship: “Our match against Sesi-SP will be already a tough fight for us. They’ve got a good players, especially Brazilian national player Fabiana, and have got a lot of varieties in their system of play.”
"I'm sure that my team can do a good performance, we’ve got a lot of young players in our roster, but we improved incredibly as a team during this season. We have been preparing for this big tournament, physically but also tactically. We have done all we can, now it’s time to show it.”
The former Serbian national player sees the performances against European champion Dinamo Kazan during the CEV DenizBank Champions League as an indicator for the potential of the own players. “We were the only team during the whole competition who could win a game against Dinamo Kazan and had some other really good games too. That makes me feel confident for this competition.”
The 37 years old Serbian has already won one gold medal at the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship with her former team Rabita Baku. But what’s the biggest difference between the team who Golubovic won the gold medal with two years ago and Volero Zurich now.
“We haven’t played as long together as we did back then with Baku. I think that Volero still is a young team in the average and has to have more experiences. We could win the Swiss championship and the cup, but I think this tournament is more important for our development as team, as we are facing the best clubs of the world. However I'm not afraid that this lack of experience can be a problem. We want to show now the qualities of our team. We didn’t qualify for this tournament by winning the CEV DenizBank Champions League, but can prove now that we deserve to participate here by playing well against those giant opponents.”
“We’ve got different kinds of play here at this tournament. Russian, Japanese and Brazilian styles have got different focuses on their tactics. We’ll have to adapt fast; otherwise we’ve got big problems against these quick plays. I think we can handle it better by serving well. We have to disturb their tactics.”
The goal is clear for Mira Golubovic, even after the big number of medals she already has won during her career. “We want to stay on the podium and win gold. I believe in this goal. Even though I will stop playing after this tournament, I want to concentrate. I don't feel any pressure for this tournament with my teammates. I don’t want to put pressure on myself or the team to prove we can do it.”
- 2014 Women’s Club tournament page http://www.fivb.org/EN/volleyball/competitions/ClubWorldChampionships/Women/2014/
- 2014 Women’s Club match schedule http://www.fivb.org/EN/volleyball/competitions/ClubWorldChampionships/Women/2014/Schedule.asp
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