Brazil captain Natalia says win over Netherlands 'our best match of the tournament'


Nagoya, Japan, October 10, 2018 - Tandara Caixeta scored a match-high 28 points as Brazil handed the Netherlands their first loss 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 25-27, 25-19, 15-7) in the second round of the FIVB Women's World Championship on Wednesday afternoon and the Brazil captain says it was the team's best match of the tournament.

Brazil coach Jose Guaimaraes: I'm satisfied with the win. We are looking to survive to the next round. We did a lot of research on them and much analysis after the loss to Germany. It is a credit to the players that they followed what we told them. I wanted them to be more relaxed after the loss to Germany. They needed to understand the situation we were in, but also to relax.

Netherlands coach Jamie Morrison: Brazil is one of the best teams in the world. I was happy with the first set and with the heart we showed in the third set, but disappointed in the result. We push Brazil every time we play and I hope someday we can beat them. We look forward to playing Serbia tomorrow. This is a tough pool.

Brazil captain Natalia Pereira: We knew it would be a tough game. It is their first loss of the tournament. We were not good in the first set. Our defense and block improved after that. We came in with the right mind today. Tomorrow will be a tough game against Japan. This was our best match of the tournament. We did what the coach said. It was an important victory.

Netherlands captain: Maret Balkestein-Grothues: They played very good in the fourth and fifth sets. They gave us pressure from their serve from the second set. I don't know how we won the third set. It was a deserved victory for Brazil.


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