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Germany's captain: 'I'm happy to win today'


Margareta Kozuch couldn't hide her happiness to save chances her team to go to Japan for final stage of World Grand Prix

Plock, Poland, August 11, 2013 – History repeated itself Sunday, with the German women securing another win against Kazakhstan, 3-1 (25-14, 25-11, 20-25, 25-19). After the match, the coaches and captains from each team discussed their second meeting in the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.

Lyudmila Anabayeva, Kazakhstan captain: “In the two first sets, Germany’s team ran away from us with big points advantage. In next set, we did our best to win and finally played better. The game was neck-and-neck, but unfortunately in fourth set we had some troubles with reception and we failed to play fifth set here.”

Margareta Kozuch, Germany captain: “I'm happy to win today for three points, because it means that we still have really small chances to be promoted into final stage of World Grand Prix. In two firsts set we played strong in reception and defence. It was important, because Kazakhstan has a high block and you must be focused on what are you doing. In next sets our opponent fight with all of their forces. That's why I'm happy, that we successfuly ended this match within four sets.”

Oleksandr Gutor, Kazakhstan’s coach: “Congratulations to Germany. I think that my team performed well today, and tried to fight for each ball by heart. The main element in our opponent's team was absolutely their strong serve.”

Giovanni Guidetti, Germany’s coach: “I think today's match was particular one, but also a bit strange. The two first sets began with nice reception and serve on our side. Then we stopped to play our volleyball, and Kazakhstan started with good reception and they became hard opponent for us. I am happy with 3 points, because Kazakhstan with Mudritskaya is very hard opponent for us, also with their fast middle blockers. My team did big step ahead by improving their game in contrast to last weekend. We are stronger by equalized our weaknesses.”

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