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Girls under 18, 2003 - Press Info

Press conference

Brazil beat Croatia 3-2 (25-16, 25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 15-12) - duration 1:55
13-Aug, start time: 10:00, end time: 11:55 - Attendance: 150
Head coach of Brazil, Moura Luizomar:

"That was an exciting match from the very beginning until the end. My team started very well taking the first two sets most of all because of good blocking. In the following parts we were defeated due to some problems with concentration. Fortunatelly we came back in the tie-breaker. For me it is not so important which team we are going to draw for the quaterfinal. All twelve present very high level of volleyball".

Thaisa Menezes, player of Brazil:

"The Croatians are very strong and it was really hard to beat them. I believe we prevailed most of all because of a good blocking".

Nino Matjacic, head coach of Croatia:

"That was only a seeding match but we did not have problems with motivation because we played against one of the volleyball superpowers. Respect was our first feeling. We hardly existed on a court in the first two sets but as the game went on we improved a lot. About the drawing of lots for the quaterfinals - I have only one wish: to avoid Italy".

Captain of the Croatian team, Dijana Rescic:

"The match was not so very important but we tried our best. In my opinion we overcame Brazil in the third and fourth sets due to an improvement in spiking, since our reception kept the same, good level, for all the time".