Balkestein-Grotheus: Brazil played smarter than us


Rosamaria made some brilliant plays against the Netherlands in their five-set match in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals

Nanjing, China, August 3, 2017 – Netherlands captain Maret Balkestein-Grotheus said that Brazil played smarter than her team in crucial moments of their five-set encounter in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals on Thursday.

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Netherlands captain Maret Balkestein-Grothues: It was an interesting high-level match. We put a lot of pressure on the serve today but they also did the same to us. In the end, Brazil played smarter than us. We have a good feeling and we look forward to facing China tomorrow.

Netherlands coach Jamie Morrison: We had a good battle today. As my captain said, it was an interesting high-level match and Brazil had a smart win. We are disappointed that we lost tonight but we still have one more chance tomorrow against China.

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Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes:
I am proud of my team. We learned a lot yesterday even though we had a 3-0 loss to China. We were able to recover in less than 20 hours to face the Netherlands. We played against them before and we tried to remember the skills and the serves. I want to thank my players. We still have to see what will happen in the match of China and the Netherlands tomorrow.

Brazil captain Natalia Pereira: It was an important victory for us although we have to wait and see the results of the Netherlands and China match, which will decide whether we will advance to the semifinals.


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