10am Rexona Sesc vs Bangkok Glass (7pm on AksyonTV)
1pm Eczacibasi Vitra vs Vakifbank (Live on AksyonTV)
430pm Hisamitsu Springs vs PSL F2 Logistics (1030pm on TV5)
730pm Volero Zurich vs Pomi Casalmaggiore (10pm on AksyonTV)
“It will be an amazing game tomorrow because Eczacibasi is a very phenomenal team,” said VakifBank coach Giovanni Guidetti referring to their rival squad powered by the star-studded crew of Jordan Larson-Burbach, Tijana Boskovic, Thaisa Daher Pallesi and Tatiana Kosheleva.
“But I think VakifBank is a very strong team. We are playing at a very high level right now. It’s all about the details.”
Kosheleva credited their victory to teamwork and unity despite serving as a collection of the world’s best volleyball stars.
“We won because we played together,” said Kosheleva, a mainstay in the Russian national team. “As we play together, I think step by step, everyday we’ll get better and better. Rexona had good blockers and good defense. But we played more as a team.”
“Overall, it was a good win on our first match,” said Rexona-Sesc Rio coach Bernardo Rezende, the genius who guided the Brazilian men’s team to the gold medal of the Rio Olympics.
“We are a very experienced team. Some players played in the Olympics, some in this tournament and that worked to our advantage. We were very, very focused on winning. The Philippines is a good team but they are not yet used to compete at a higher level.”