We duly followed our game plan today, Brazil captain Drussyla


Brazil's captain Drussyla and her teammates proved a strong offense today in their duel with Cuba

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 17, 2017 – Brazil blanked Cuba in straight sets (15-12, 15-6, 15-8, 15-13) on Sunday afternoon to finish on the fifth position of the 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship here in Ljubljana. Bulgaria was the key match for Brazil’s troubles, said Brazil coach Wagner Coppini.

Brazil coach Wagner Coppini: “Our pool match against Cuba was kind of a reflection of the match against Bulgaria that we lost the day before. Today we finally managed to forget what happened and regain our forces. We played much more focused today. I believe my team could have done better than the 5th place. We were very well prepared. The match that turned our game upside down was the match against Bulgaria. In that match something broke and we could not fix it.”

Brazil captain Drussyla: “We played very well today. We had a good strategy and duly followed our game play. However, we expected to move through to the semifinals. Unfortunately, we lost the last two pool matches against Bulgaria and Cuba. Today we played our game again.”

Cuba coach Wilfredo Robinson: “Today our serving was weak and that caused us a many problems in our game. The girls just could not focus and play their game. However, we are happy; we improved our final ranking compared to the previous tournaments.”

Cuba captain Diaris De La Caridad Perez Ramos:
“We committed too many errors today. We just could not play our game. It happens a lot that when we are behind, we stop fighting. We have to find a solution for this challenge in the future. I am happy that we finished on the 6th place but not satisfied.”

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

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