Manila, Philippines, October 20, 2016 – Pomi Casalmaggiore contained their errors in the third frame to defeat the hosts PSL-F2 Logistics Manila at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.
Giovanni Caprara, Pomi Casalmaggiore coach: “I'm completely satisfied with the match because we won 3-0. We can play in the semifinals, which is our goal. I have incredible satisfaction and we want to play better in the semifinals.
“We are ready to play in the semifinals and first place doesn’t matter. Volero (Zurich) are a very strong team because they are taller than us, so it will be very difficult to play against them, we have to play quickly.
“I like the Filipina setter. She played incredible and quickly and very difficult to counter.
“I would like to see my team play better match by match, and we want to enjoy our semifinals with smiles and power.”
Valentina Tirozzi, Pomi Casalmaggiore captain: “I'm very happy with the result of the match today because it was a very important match for us to go to the semifinals. It was a beautiful match to play against the home team with all these people cheering, even if they were against us.
“I think we started making too many mistakes and confusion in the court for the third set so we decided to think about it and put order in the court and made less mistakes and just let the other team play for us to adjust.
“They have good spikers on the right side. No. 15 (Lindsay Stalzer) was the best attacker, and their setter was really good. We had trouble with that but I think the most important spikers are the wing ones.”
Moro Branislav, PSL-F2 Logistics Manila coach: “For this match, I liked the first set, just 10-11 points difference, and after this number of points, my team and fans helped.
“Whatever the result of this tournament would be, this is good for Philippine volleyball.
“There’s big experience in big competitions like this. It’s very important to promote Philippine players. There is good relationship within the players and also the staff. There is a high chance that Filipino players can play in this kind of tournament.
“(Ekaterina) Krivets is good player, She has a big name but at this moment she’s sick. I like Krivets to play, maybe not next match but in the last two matches in the tournament.”
Rachel Anne Daquis, PSL-F2 Logistics Manila captain: “We are still happy even if we lost today because Jaja (Alyja Santiago) and Kim (Fajardo) played well. I just feel proud that my compatriots played and showed their will to fight in this match.”
Alyja Daphne Santiago, PSL-F2 Logistics Manila player: “Pomi Casalmaggiore is such a great team. We are happy that we showed our best and we fought hard especially in the third set.
“We are still adjusting, but we practiced our set plays so that we can have good connection, and I am pleased that the team had a good performance in this match.
“I am just overwhelmed that I am able to overcome their tall blockers and I am glad that I can help my team-mates.”
Stephanie Niemer, PSL-F2 Logistics Manila player: “I think we have a good experience playing against high level of teams. Pomi are winners and I think they showed the high level of volleyball but we gave our 100 per cent and we enjoyed the game.”