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Russian Captain Makarov: 'It was a big step today'


The Russian players made a big step to the Final Round in Argentina.

Frankfurt, Germany, July 05, 2013 – Russia and Germany faced off in the 2013 FIVB World League match on Friday, resulting in a Russian win 3-2 (21-25,18-25, 25-22, 25-16,15-7).

“In the first sets we had no chance against a good German team,” said Russian Captain Sergey Makarov. “We had big problems in receive the ball. After the defeat in the second we all know that we had to increase our performance. I think then the spectators saw that we all want made it to the final round in Argentina. It was a big step today.”

“The first two sets the German team want to win the game,” Russian Head Coach Adrey Voronkov. “For us it was an important match, because the German team becomes better and better every year. We don’t know some players and what we can expected from them, so we had those problems in the first two sets. We were not able to reach our best level at the beginning, because of the good performance of Germany. Tomorrow our team will be the same like today and we want gain also the next win.”

“We started on a high level with a very strong block, this was the key to succeed in the first sets,” German Captain Jochen Schöps. “The Russians had no opportunity to stop us and had problems to play their own game. But it was clear that we are not able to made it this way the whole game. After the third set we had no more chance to take the victory. The Russian team isn’t strong as last year, but you shouldn’t give him a chance to made it like they need it.”

“It was very easy to win the first two sets,” said German Head coach Vital Heynen. “We were able to keep the Russians away from their play. They play with power but we can touch many balls in our block. After that we had problems to pass the block and to stop the strong services. Our only chance was to win 3:0. Than the Russians deserved the victory they played clearly better.”

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