FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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We can be proud of this win, says Russia coach Alekno


Denis Biriukov fires an attack against the Russia team

Kagoshima, Japan, November 22, 2011 - Russia remained undefeated in FIVB Mens World Cup play with three straight set wins in as many matches, taking a victory today from a strong USA team who gave them trouble in the third. Coach Alekno was happy with his team’s performance, and now Russia looks forward to top-ranked Brazil after a rest day on Wednesday.

Russia coach Vladimir Alekno: We have two things in sport, one is winning and one is losing. You can sometimes be proud of losing and sometimes ashamed of winning, and today we can be proud of this win.

Russia captain Taras Khtey: I think the USA fought well but we’re happy to win these three points. The third set was a historical set. [As for my condition] it is good. I think it’s important to be on the court with other players.

On Brazil the day after tomorrow: We need to prepare very well as Brazil is the top ranked team in the world. They have many great players like Giba, Dante, and Sérgio.

USA coach Alan Knipe: Well, we didn’t have good balance tonight. We had lots of success by Clay [Stanley] and not much help, which was similar to last night when we were heavy with Matt [Anderson]. We’d like to work to get balance and consistency; we passed better tonight and got in position after fighting, were in position to win set three. But all credit to Russia they played well but we didn’t close. We need to start the match significantly better. Congratulations to Russia they played well and blocked well.

USA captain Clayton Stanley: As far as the game goes we showed up little late. I thought we struggled from the left side and struggled to get our offense going in the middle of the court. It’s disappointing that in third with the lead we had, that we couldn’t finish and continue the match longer. But congratulations to Russia, and the best of luck to them in the rest of the tournament.

On whether he thought the Russians blocked unusually well today? I don’t think its unusual at all. They’re a big team known for their blocking, and unfortunately today we couldn’t find a way around it. They stopped us in the middle and at position four. We need to look at video and maybe some change things around a little bit. But no, they blocked great. They’re a great blocking team.


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