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Sukochev: It was a really tough match

Wroclaw, Poland, September 7, 2014 - Australia takes the last qualification to the second round. Grigory Sukochev shared with his feelings on this match and expectations for the next phase.

This match was do or die for you. How do you feel about it?

It was a really tough match. It was big help for us to start really well but we could not hold it. Then Venezuela fought back and they started playing tough volleyball. They served really really well. Eventually, our block took them aback and we played more stabile volleyball. Thankfully, in the end we managed to come out with the win.

Did you have any special plan for Venezuela?

We have tactics for every team we come up against. It was important for us to control what we do on our side – our reception and the way we play our attack. Then we really took advantage of that block. 

You will be playing against teams from Pool D next round. Pool D is said to be a group of death. What are your expectations?

I suppose we still expect to play our level of volleyball. If we play at our high level, we can compete with any team. If we do not, it is going to be really tough. So it is important for us to keep that in mind how we play our best. If we do, then we can have a lot of success, even in this tough group.

Is volleyball popular in Australia?

To be honest, it is not really popular. We do not have a professional league in Australia. The younger kids, especially in school, play a lot. So we have a lot of kids playing volleyball but once you leave school, there is no way to go after that.

You played in Polish club Fart Kielce. How do you remember it?

I have good memories from that. I have learned a lot. It was not an easy season because I had to get used to the new language, new team. It was the first time on my own. But once I got used to that, it became a really nice experience for me. I hope that I managed to help a little bit

Would you like to play in Polish club once again?

I would love to but I do not think that I have any chances to do that. 


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