Manila, Philippines, October 18, 2016 - Rexona-Sesc Rio coach Bernardo Rezende (Bernardinho) highlighted the difference in experience of his team with hosts PSL-F2 Logistics Manila that played a big role in their straight-set win in the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday.
Bernardo Rezende, Rexona-Sesc Rio coach: "The Philippines is not yet an experienced team at this level but I like their fighting spirit. This is a learning experience for them. The atmosphere is great. They were a good team. But they have to play more at this level to gain experience."
"I like their team spirit. Every time they commit mistakes, they always say 'my fault' and they don’t point fingers. Their attitude towards each other was great. They just have to play more as a team to gain experience."
"We had to be very focused. We were not yet familiar with our opponent but we did well. We will try again tomorrow."
"(Pomi) Casalmaggiore are the European champion. They play better as a team. We have to be prepared. Let’s see what will happen tomorrow."
Gabriela Braga Guimaraes (Gabi), Rexona-Sesc Rio player: "The team behaved well, but made some mistakes in game positions. We have to keep on working and be better this time. The block and services worked well so we are looking to work more on that in our game tomorrow. They had the supporters on their side but we were happy with the win."
Branislav Moro Branislav, PSL-F2 Logistics Manila coach: "We worked for only 25 days and that’s where the problem was. Overall, I am very happy with our performance and we showed that we can stand up against a very experienced team like Rexona-Sesc Rio. The girls gave their best, but we just lacked the experience to handle their rallies."
"This is a good sign for Philippine volleyball. The crowd was on its feet and everybody had a good time."
"We just have to work more, gain more international experience and keep on playing."
Rachel Anne Daquis, PSL-F2 Logistics Manila captain: "We fell short in this game, but me and my girls will do our best next game. We just have to give our best and trust each other."
"We’re glad with the outcome of the match because the team that we played against is an experienced team with a lot of international exposure. We were so happy because we realized that we can also hold our ground against them."
"My girls know that even if we’re down by five or six points, we need to push harder and be more united. We have to be focused more on our communication, improve our reception and focus on our serves."