Emotions, blocks and serves, the key for Russia according to Nikashova


Russian girls celebrate a blocking point as that element was vital for them against Japan

Rosario, Argentina, August 25, 2017 - Even though Russian captain Angelina Nikashova could find a handful of good things on her team after the win over Japan, she still stressed they have to show their best game for their next challenges.

Angelina Nikashova, Russia captain: “We are a good team. Our coach managed very well our emotions and that’s why we won. The key was in the blocking and serving phase of the game, we made the difference there.  We need to show our best game, to prepare to do our best tomorrow.”

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Alexander Karikov, Russia coach: “We were better and stronger today. It was a derby between the European champion and the Asian champion, and our block and attack were stronger than their defense.”

Daichi Saegusa, Japan coach: “First of all, congratulations to Russia. They are a really good team and it was a tough match for us. We started well but they blocked us a lot and our attacks were stopped. In the third set, we served better but we had a high error rate and that’s how the game ended.”


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