Brazil defeat Russia in Cuiaba with energy from the stands


Brazil claimed their 11th victory in the 2019 VNL

Cuiaba, Brazil, June 23, 2019 - Brazil made an important step towards the Final Six with a confident victory over Russia on Sunday. The South Americans dominated the game and claimed a 3-0 win over the Russians (25-17, 25-21, 28-26) to achieve their eleventh triumph in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Brazil coach Renan Dal Zotto: "We were expecting a tough match. To win we needed to be at our highest level. We started feeling a bit tense. We had some trouble with our reception, but then, in the key moments, we managed to keep our focus. Tonight the fans were very important in order to help us. They never stopped supporting us. In the third set they helped a lot."

Brazil libero Thales Hoss: "We started sharply, but we had difficulties in reception, which is my job on the court. After we stabilized that we improved our game level. They are physically superior, but our skills were better tonight. When our service broke their reception, we had more opportunities to score, and that was a key to win."

Russia captain Igor Kobzar: "Next week we will play without our opposite Poletaev, so our coach gave an opportunity to Zemchenok to play and feel confident for the next games. We did not play badly, so I think we will grow from this experience."


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