FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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It wasn't the best, but I'm happy with the win: USA coach


USA Danielle Scott-Arruda came off the bench to score 10 key points in the last two sets

USA coach Hugh McCutcheon: First of all, I’m happy to have won tonight. I agree with Ze Roberto that the level wasn’t the best, but I’m proud of our leadership, especially their ability to compete with composure at the end of the sets when the plays needed to be made to try and help turn the match. Both teams applied a lot of service pressure and reception was good. It was a battle for a while and then things kind of broke down; it was wide open for a while, but very happy for my players for their ability to make a couple of plays when it counted and I think in the fourth set we held that advantage and performed at a better level. You have to understand the two teams are very close and the margins were very small. We came out and did some things and they made some adjustments, and then the third set was a battle and we were fortunate to make a couple of plays at the end that changed the match. It could easily have gone a different way. Brazil is a very good team, and that was the difference – one or two plays.

(Re. Serbia): Serbia’s another strong team. It’s surprising that we would play the two strongest teams right at the beginning of the tournament, but that’s the luck we have and we have to make the most of the situation. Serbia have a different style and tactics and we will do our best to play a good match tomorrow.

USA captain Lindsey Berg: First, this tournament is the most difficult tournament of all over the four years, other than the Olympics, and to play one of the other best teams in the world in the first match is a struggle. Both teams probably didn’t play their best tonight, but we’re ecstatic to have gotten this win and will try to build on this. Now we’re going to think about tomorrow and will leave this one behind. I don’t think either team played their best because it’s always difficult to get into your rhythm right away. For the USA, it’s just continuing to get into our rhythm. We get better every game, so to come out of this game with a victory not playing our best is a positive for us. I see it only getting better for us. We also have three or four people on the bench who can perform and it’s amazing to have that many people on the bench who can come in and win a game for us. Danielle Scott came in and changed the game for us today.

Brazil coach Ze Roberto: Congratulations to the American team. I agree with USA captain Lindsey Berg that both teams didn’t play at a good level and there were many mistakes on both sides. 

Brazil captain Fabiana Claudino: I want to congratulate the USA for their win. We did not perform well today, which means we have better volleyball we can play. When we fight against a strong team like the USA, we should not make mistakes, but today we made many mistakes, so it was a tough game and resulted in our loss. Today, we made mistakes on important points and not only on one point but two or three points in a row, which resulted in us losing our focus and concentration.

Brazil No. 16 Fernanda Rodrigues: We made many mistakes in the match and in a close match like this where the level of competition is very high the team that makes fewer mistakes will win. 


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