Serbia coach Cakovic looks forward to upcoming improvement


Serbia head coach Jovo Cakovic also explained why they dropped the second set - 11 unforced errors

Rosario, Argentina, August 22, 2017 - Serbia head coach Jovo Cakovic expressed his hopes about the team being able to play better in the eight finals and, about the win over Colombia, he credited Barbara Batinic for her good output having played in a different position.

Jovo Cakovic, Serbia coach: “I want to congratulate my team and Barbara (Batinic), who played for the first time as a receiver and did it well. In the second set we made 11 unforced errors, and you can’t win playing like that. Now we need to get ready to face Japan; they are a very strong team, but we can play better than we already have.”

Barbara Batinic, Serbia player: “It was my first match as a receiver; at first it was hard to get used, but I did practice a lot, so I’m happy with what I did. It was our last match in the group, it was important and I want to congratulate my team for the victory. Tomorrow we will face Japan in the most important match so far; if we win, we will have accomplished our objective, which was finishing among the first 8 teams.”

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Manuela Ibarguen, Colombia player: “We gave our best at this very difficult match. We found a very high level at the competition and that already made us play a bit better, but there’s still a long way to go. Now we will have to face a great team as Turkey, but we know we will play with all we have.”

Antonio Rizola, Colombia coach: “We have worked well considering the team still needs to play more. We played a great second set, but we have failed a couple of times in decisive moments because we don’t have that experience yet. However, what we have done so far in the World Championship is already much better than what we expected. We were projecting to be fifth-placed on the pool and we are already above four teams in the final standings.”


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