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Shliapnikov: "This is the result we wanted"

 
 

Lodz, Poland, June 17, 2017 - Russia won in straight sets with team Iran and book their spot in the Final Six. However, Russian head coach Sergey Shliapnikov underlines that his team still need to improve their game before the tournament in Curitiba. In contrast to him, Igor Kolakovic was happy about Iranian young players' performance.

Russia coach Sergey Shliapnikov: We did a good job. It is a result which we expected. Players showed discipline on court. Before the next matches we need to improve our game in all elements.

Russia wing spiker Egor Kliuka: I'm happy that we won, and we achieved the exact result we wanted. For us seing Iran playing their reseves didn't matter because our staff prepared us to play against all of the team.

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Iran coach Igor Kolakovic: This match didn’t have big rivalry meaning for us, because it was already known that we can’t qualify for the final six, while for Russia it was very important. Russia is a big team, which they showed today and in general during this tournament, because they won with all opponents. I had a chance to give other players opportunity to play. They didn’t spend long time on court before, during the major events. Although, I think that they used this opportunity in good way. They showed good volleyball, but to win with Russia much more is needed. I am happy with how they fought until the middle of the second set.

Iran captain Mir Saeid Marouflakrani: I think it was not a good match, but we lost a chance to qualify for the final six before and for Russia it was very important game. But it’s good that we played with six other players. They played very good even if they don’t have a lot of experience from this World League. They played with their maximum, but it’s Russia and they were perfect in serve and block during this tournament and it was difficult to play against them.





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