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FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2006
Press Conference
Azerbaijan v Dominican Republic press conference

Azerbaijan players celebrate

Faig Garayev, Azerbaijan head coach

"I think the Dominican Republic are a good team and do not deserve to have lost two games already.

"They are physically strong and have good jumping ability and play well as a team.

"I think we lost the first set because of our two defeats earlier in the tournament. It affected us psychologically.

"We knew this would be a difficult game. Sometimes both teams played good volleyball and sometimes both of us were nervous.

"After the first set we became more focused and were able to win the match."

Oksana Guliyeva, Azerbaijan captain

"We were very nervous at the start because we lost two games already and we knew that we had to win this game if we are to have any chance of qualifying for the second round.

"That's why we lost the first set. But towards the end of the second set, we became more focused and we were able to play much better, and that helped us win."

Beato Miguel, Dominican Republic head coach

"At the start of the match, we played played a very strategic game and that helped us win the first set.

"We continued to play well but we couldn't keep up the same momentum right to the end.

"Azerbaijan regained the momentum and were able to keep it up to the end. I think they are one of the best teams in the tournament and I hope they qualify for the second round."

Cosiri Rodriguez, Dominican Republic captain

"I think we played good volleyball, especially in the first set. However, from the second set onwards, we lacked finishing power and that's why we lost the match."