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We were under pressure with Rio ticket on the line, says Serbia captain Ognjenovic

 
Komaki, Japan, September 6, 2015 – Serbia fought off Argentina 3-2 (25-16, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-4) in their final match of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup at Park Arena Komaki on Sunday.

Serbia coach Zoran Terzic: "Congratulation to our opponents; it was a very interesting game. And congratulations to my team because in the last 10 years the Serbian team have made a lot of victories and done a lot of things we’ve never done before and today we finally got a medal in the World Cup for the first time. Before the game, I expected we wouldn’t be relaxed and it would be difficult, but after we got to 2-0 I thought we could play more relaxed, but we didn’t. So it was tough for us to the end but finally we won. Now I’m not thinking about it; it’s time to be happy and celebrate."

Serbia captain Maja Ognjenovic: "First, congratulations to Argentina; they fought very well tonight. It wasn’t one of our best games of the tournament; it was a match full of ups and downs and maybe we had a little bit of pressure because we knew we could qualify directly for Rio. I’m very happy now and we are full of emotions and just have to celebrate. We respect our opponents but today was especially difficult. They pushed us and gave us problems."

Serbia player Brankica Mihajlovic: "We didn’t play our best match today while Argentina played very well, so congratulations to them. We had some pressure but we managed to finish in the best possible way, even if it was 3-2. We started well, winning the first two sets but they started playing better and we lost our focus. We weren’t playing as relaxed as we usually play and we seemed to be scared of making mistakes. But in the final set we found our strength and fought together and won. In general in this competition we played very well and I’m very happy and satisfied to be going to Rio next year."

Argentina coach Guillermo Orduna: "First, congratulations to Serbia on winning and qualifying for Rio. Argentina came to the World Cup with the intention of improving ourselves. We had some good matches and learned a lot and step by step what we have learned will help us improve for the future, so in that sense we achieved what we wanted to."

Argentina captain Emilce Sosa: "It was the last game for us and we played a great game today against a world top-level team. We played our best game of the tournament and were just one step away from winning, but we did a good job."

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