Manila, Philippines, October 22, 2016 – After guiding Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul to win the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship last year, coach Giovanni Caprara is back in the finals, this time guiding an Italian club for the first time.
Giovanni Caprara, Pomi Casalmaggiore coach: “This is the best match of this tournament. We played with more stability than usual and I'm completely satisfied. I hope tomorrow we'll play at this level.
“For me this tournament level is higher than last year. Turkish clubs are very very strong.”
On facing Eczacibasi, his former club:
“This is our life as a coach. I coached Eczacibasi last year and now I am with Pomi. I just want to say that I am proud to coach an Italian club for the first time.”
Valentina Tirozzi, Pomi Casalmaggiore captain: “I’m really proud and satisfied for the match tonight and the kind of game my team played today. I'm happy that we reached the finals and the way we won.
“We're against a team like (Volero) Zurich, it was very difficult to take the set back and win the fourth set. I think we really deserve this match and this win. We'll see what will happen tomorrow for the finals.
“This is history for our club. This is the first time that Pomi will play in a world championship and our first time to reach finals. I'm really positive about tomorrow. It will be a difficult match but we're going to fight as we do all the time.”
Zoran Terzic, Volero Zurich coach: "They deserved to win today, no doubt about it. They played with much more courage than we have in service and attack. They played well defensively and they definitely deserved to win.”
“The team has a big problem with this kind of situations. We played very well until today, and VakifBank are a very strong ream. But every time Volero play this kind of game you may be in or out, and when we do not play so well, we have this problem. We need to work on volleyball and also to be better for the next competition.”
Natalya Mammadova, Volero Zurich captain: “We lost but we'll prepare for the next match tomorrow and try our best to the win bronze medal.”