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Zorzi: "Good approach secret to Trentino success"


Zorzi also praised former team mate Lorenzo Bernardi who helped take Polish club KS Jastrzebski Wegiel to silver

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 28, 2011 - Former Italian star and two-time world champion Andrea Zorzi says that Trentino Diatec’s third straight FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship title earlier this month was no fluke and that it was their approach to the tournament that helped them finish on top again.

The Italian club defended their crown on October 14, adding it to their victories at the 2010 and 2009 editions of the tournament.

“There is no secret to Trentino’s third win at the Men’s Club World Championship and, if anything, the team is the secret as they consistently have a good approach and great organisation,” Zorzi said. “As usual, the likes of Matey Kaziyski and Osmany Juantorena impressed but the performance put on by Jan Stokr as well as Mitar Tzourits surprised me as they played very well.”

He also praised former team mate and coach of Polish club KS Jastrzebski Wegiel Lorenzo Bernardi, adding that he is expecting a bright future.

“[Bernardi] brought the Polish club on quite a bit and what is most notable is the relation between block and defence, helping them clinch silver in Doha.”

The improvement of African and Asian clubs was also recognised by the volleyball legend and he added that it is a sign of better things to come.

“Al Ahly continue to indicate that the development efforts in African countries such as Egypt, Cameroon and Tunisia are paying off while Al Arabi Doha are still a little way off reaching the top echelons of club volleyball but clearly have the ambition to be there.”

However, Zorzi was quick to point out that not all teams performed at their best and that the women’s tournament was unfortunately not quite as even as the men’s.

“I expected Sesi SP to do much better,” he said. “They have a lot of very good players such as Sidão and Murilo but their final ranking of fourth shows that good players don’t make good teams. The difference between what Sesi did and what Brazil do is down to a good approach and having the right attitude.

“One thing is for sure, the level of skill in the men’s tournament is much more equal than that in the women’s. The European teams performed very well and were closely followed by Osasco Voleibol Clube from Brazil. But there wasn’t enough experience and this will need addressing. On paper, the final looked to be a balanced affair but when it came to game time, Rabita Baku were dominant throughout in what was a gold medal match which failed to live up to expectations.”

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