Belo Horizonte, Brazil, June 11, 2011 – The United States won the first set against Brazil on Saturday and gave a scare to the 14,800 fans that came to the Mineirinho Gymnasium to support the nine-time champions of the FIVB Volleyball World League. However, the current Olympic champions weren't able to maintain the same level over the entire game, allowing the hosts to come back and win the match 3-1. On Sunday, Brazil and the United States will clash again in Belo Horizonte at 14:50 GMT. For the result to be different, the word “consistency” must become part of the American squad´s vocabulary.
U.S. captain William “Reid” Priddy believes his team needs to find a way to keep the same level during the entire match. “We are in a difficult pool,” Priddy said. “So far, we've been having ups and downs in all our games. We need to have more consistency.” Priddy also congratulated the organization of the tournament.
“Brazil gives great support to the sport of volleyball,” Priddy stated. “This is an amazing place to play. I remember playing a game here in 2001, but I think that we lost really fast.”
American head coach Alan Knipe agreed with his captain: “We will watch the tape from the game and we will see that we played some excellent volleyball, but we also made a lot of mistakes. Brazil is a great team and we can´t help them with a lot of unforced errors, as we did today.”
On the other side Brazilian coach Bernardo Rezende was happy with his team's victory over the United States, but for the legendary coach, Brazil still have plenty of improvements to make.
“We didn't receive well today,” Bernardo said. “In the first set, we had 40 per cent efficiency and that's not good. Also, we made many mistakes in attack. We need to be patient in the game tomorrow.”