Manila, Philippines, October 20, 2016 – Tatiana Kosheleva contributed 15 markers in Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul’s tie-break win over Rexona-Sesc Rio in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday. The talented outside spiker underlined teamwork as the key to their hard-earned victory.
Massimo Barbolini, Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul coach: “Today is the last day (of eliminations) and I’m happy with the results. After the third set, we played confused but it was important to believe we can win.
“Their team played really well. In the end we had 22 blocks, maybe we could have done better, but we need to think about the next match. I think as we played against Rexona, we have to pay attention to what we were doing. But I think in this season, we need to think about what we can do to play good volleyball and when we play bad, this is what can happen. Rexona used defence a lot. We knew it was a really complicated match, but I’m happy because in the beginning we were in disorder but in the end we gave them unbelievable balls.”
Neslihan Demir, Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul captain: “It is always good to win at the end. We will prepare for the next game.”
Tatiana Kosheleva, Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul player: “Rexona are a strong team, but I'm happy that my team today won. We won because we played together. As we play together, I think step by step, everyday we'll get better and better. Rexona have good blockers and good defence.”
Bernardo Rezende, Rexona-Sesc Rio coach: “They (Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul) are a strong team. This is our fourth match of the season, and we still have a rhythm to play and we are trying to find out the best system that we can do.
“I'm frustrated because we could have done something better. We had wrong choices, their team has potential but we never lose when we learn something. I'm frustrated because we can’t go to the semifinals, but it is what it is and this is an opportunity when we come back next year and do better.”