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FIVB Women's World Cup 2007
Press Conference
It was like we blacked out, Brazil's Castro says

Press Confference USA vs. Brazil

USA Coach Lang Ping
In the first two sets, we couldn't pass or hit. After the first two sets, I told them Brazil is a great team. But don't think about the result; you have to be relaxed to win, so take it one ball at a time. And I told them to play better volleyball.
Yesterday, I said Brazil had no weaknesses. You could tell in the first two sets we weren't at the same level. They didn't have their rhythm. When they get going you can give them more details. We played very brave today. We tried everything -- I told them you don't have to try and hit the safest spot; you have to be brave, to do something different. Brazil is too different; you have to break them down.
(Re. Haneef) -- I think she played very well today. This morning I talked to her in training and told her the U.S. might not be able to get all the high balls from the Brazilian attack and for her to be ready to hit a lot of high balls.

USA Captain Robyn Ah Mow-Santos
Everyone knows Brazil is a great team; they are flawless in every aspect: setting, defense, blocking, passing. For us to beat them, we have to play at the top of our game. They won't give you the game. In the first two sets our energy level was down. In the third set, we had nothing to lose and we came all out. Then they started to make errors and lose and that's what we wanted.

USA No. 3 Tayyiba Haneef-Park
As always, Brazil is a great team and they played very well. It's been a while since we beat them. It's a big win for us. We didn't start out strong, we lacked energy and didn't pass well. In the third set, we decided we just had to leave our hearts and souls on the court. We decided to dedicate our play for a teammate and I was playing for my teammate Jen Joines. In the end, it was all passion, all heart. We really wanted to win this game and it was a question of doing whatever we had to do to get the win.


Brazil Coach Ze Roberto
First, I want to offer my congratulations to the United States. I felt that throughout the entire game they kept their cool and played calmly. For us in the first and second set, we played like I haven't seen in quite a while. However, from the third set, the USA mixed up their play and added new members to their lineup and from there, their attack and counterattack and play in general just took off. They were able to take over the game. In the end, the USA just played a great game.

Brazil Captain Fofao
Personally, we played well in the first and second set when we concentrated as much as we hoped we would. As we got into the third and fourth set, whereas before we hadn't been committing errors, suddenly we couldn't stop making them, unlike the U.S. team, which concentrated very well toward the end of the game. Because of these factors, we couldn't win.

Brazil No. 13 Sheilla Castro
Of course, in the first and second set we played really good, but from the middle of the third set, it was like we were not thinking any more; it was like we blacked out. After that, you saw what happened and the end result was we lost the match.