Eczacibasi bounced back from defeat on the opening day of the tournament to seal a place in the semifinal.
Zurich, Switzerland, May 7, 2015 – Eczacibasi Vitra star Christiane Furst said her side’s block was key to their victory over Dinamo Krasnodar which saw them clinch a semifinal berth at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship 2015 in Zurich.
Christiane Furst, Eczacibasi Vitra: “We are very happy after this. Dinamo are a very tall powerful team and they are hard to block, but we blocked well today. It was a complete team effort, we combined attack and defence much better than yesterday. We found good solutions to their attacks and we played with less feed. Now we have a day off and can prepare for the next match.”
Jordan Larson-Burbach, Eczacibasi Vitra: “The Russians are very tall and play aggressively so this was a great win. We came out from the start and really fought. It feels good to bounce back from yesterday because we were so disappointed with that result. Our defence was much better today. We are excited for the rest of the tournament.”
Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul assistant coach Alper Hamurcu: “We struggled yesterday because it was our first game at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship in Zurich. We didn’t know well our opponents and didn’t find our rhythm. On one hand, we made tactical adjustments for the game versus Dinamo Krasnodar, know a well-known opponent to us; on the hand, we had a team meeting after the defeat. I think that’s the reason why we found back to our normal blocking and offensive game. Now we want to rest tomorrow and get ready for the semi-finals. I think this day off tomorrow will be of huge importance since we’ve had a long and exhausting season until now.”
Dinamo Krasnodar outside spiker Fernanda Garay: “It’s quite difficult to explain why we lost today – I think we didn’t put in practice what we had prepared. It was a close game today – and we had some bad luck in some rallies, but that’s no excuse. It was our first game at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship and we didn’t find our rhythm. We’ve got now another chance tomorrow – now we have to believe in ourselves and to do it better tomorrow.”
Dinamo Krasnodar coach Ushakov Konstantin: “One of the reasons why we lost today was without a doubt our inefficiency in the attacking game. Nevertheless, we have to focus now on tomorrow’s game – we are going to analyze the errors we committed today and try to improve ourselves for the decisive game versus Hisamitsu Springs.”