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RIO 2016 W: Ognjenovic – “We were afraid to win”

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source: fivb.org

Serbia suffered the first defeat at the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio against USA,. Serbian captain Maja Ognjenovic was honest after the match.

Maja Ognjenovic


“It was tough and we knew it before we started the game. We played so many times against USA but I regret that we didn’t get the breaks in some moments. We were afraid to win. My team did not play their best volleyball. USA were so powerful, but today they had so many easy balls to put in our court, so many block-outs, and we didn’t react to it.” said Serbian setter and added:

They played a lot with their middle blockers and every time they do that, it’s one against one on defence, so that made it difficult for us to defend. In the fourth set, they put a little bit of pressure on us on service, so we had problem with our reception and we could not organise a play for our middle blockers. When the reception is out of the three-metre line, the only option was to go to (Brankica) Mihajlovic or (Tijana) Boskovic, but they have a tough three-man block waiting for them.”

She already thinks about the next match:

We don’t have the time to be upset about this match because we have to play with China in the next match, and that will also be a tough match. I hope that we can prepare more for this match and earn another two wins.


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