Coach Andrey Voronkov thinks this win will fuel their drive in their match against Bulgaria on Sunday
Gdansk, Poland, September 6, 2014 – Russia posted a straight sets victory over China, for their fourth victory in Pool C of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship at the Ergo Arena on Saturday.
China captain Zhong Weijun: “We were very serious about this match against Russia. We were determined to benefit from this opportunity. Throughout the first and third sets, we managed to show a decent performance but our reception was badly affected by the Russians’ strong serves. All we can do next is to win against Canada.”
China coach Xie Guochen: “It was extremely hard for my players. Many of these players are playing in the World Championship for the first time, likewise it was their first time to play Russia. The Russian team is very strong and we have to learn as much as we can from this match to play better or even win against them in the future.”
Russia player Nikolay Pavlov: “We faced a tough opponent who has excellent digging and serving. That is why our tactic was mostly concentrated on executing a powerful serve and spike. We managed to perform well in these two departments. We have to prepare harder for tomorrow’s important game against Bulgaria.”
Russia coach Andrey Voronkov: “It was important that we started playing since the start of the match. We had to perform well in the first set. My players seemed a bit nervous at the beginning but they calmed down as the match progressed. They played more freely and focused on each ball. In the third set, I we lost our focus again after the break. With this win, it gives us better confidence for the match tomorrow. We have this big match ahead of us. I am not very nervous about it because I am confident about my players. We have to do a lot of work today and tomorrow to prepare for that match with Bulgaria. It will be definitely worth watching because it will display top level volleyball skills.”