Matsumoto, Japan, August 22, 2015 – Peru defeated Algeria 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-16) in the final match on the first day of the FIVB World Cup at Matsumoto City Gymnasium on Saturday.
Algeria coach Henni Abdelhalim: I can’t say we began the match well. We didn’t have enough time to prepare for this competition – only around a month – and Peru is a good team. I hope we can play better than today in our future matches. It was our first game and it’s not our first team, so our objective is to gain experience, and you can see that this is good experience for all our players, so I hope they’ll do better in the future and participate in more competitions. If I was to single any player out today it would be 17-year-old Melissa Kasri. She was good for us.
Algeria captain Silya Magnana: We couldn’t play well so I just hope we will be able to play better from now on. Really, we didn’t have enough time to prepare.
Peru coach Mauro Marasciulo: I’m happy to get the win today, but I recognise that we will be playing against some strong teams here. Peru are in transition but I hope this team will perform well. We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare so we are happy to get the win. We know we will face tougher matches but hope we can improve. I think today we were able to win because compared to Algeria we have more experience. Many of our players play in our domestic league and that helps them to play well. I thought Katherinne Olemar was wonderful today and also Zoila De La Rose played very well.
Peru captain Mirtha Uribe: I’m very happy we were able to win. Usually in the first match we can be very nervous. I hope we will play better as the tournament goes on.