Zach: Our reserves played well

Riffa, Bahrain, August 27, 2017 – Czech Republic coach Jiri Zach commended his reserves for playing well in their 3-2 win over Brazil to finish seventh in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Sunday.

Czech Republic coach Jiri Zach: It was very motivate the guys. We started to play after the second set and we forgot how we performed there. So that’s when our guys started to play well without pressure in their minds. Our reserves played very well and they motivated the other members in the team.

Czech Republic captain Ondrej Piskacek:
It’s hard to keep the motivation going for a very long tournament like this. I am still proud of my team because we finished in seventh place.

We started playing well when we established our defence. We love playing the fifth set. In the European Championship we played in four tie-break matches and won all of them.

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Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho: We are very upset that we had three losses in a row. We started well in the tournament, but after losing to Iran, we couldn’t find our rhythm to play well.

We lost to the European champions in five sets. When we play well, we win the set; but when we make mistakes in our reception especially in attack, then we always lose the set.

The most important lesson for these young boys is to always give each match 100 per cent. It doesn’t matter if they play in the final or in a match to decide the ranking. In sport, you always have to give your best.

Brazil captain Joao Franck: We had opportunities to win in this match. In the fifth set, we did not even try to take this opportunity. This is my first World Championship and this is the most important competition in my life. I learned that you have to fight hard for each point, each set and each match.


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