Kiraly: It was important to serve tough


Omaha, USA, July 25, 2015 - The USA ended Brazil's run of two consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix title by defeating their South American rivals 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 Saturday evening, and in the process won their own sixth title with one day remaining in the tournament.

USA coach Karch Kiraly: "We knew it was important to serve tough so we could make our job easier to break down their offense. (Christa Dietzen and Foluke Akinradewo) did a tremendous job in organizing our defense. 10 minutes after the match somebody told me the simple math that we were undefeated and everybody else has two losses at a minimum. I told the team congratulations, but we have a lot important work to do against China."

USA captain Christa Dietzen: "I thought we were lined up on our attackers really well. Our pin hitters - Karsta, Kim, Kelsey and Kelly when she came in the match - they were always in the right spot and I thought they made it tough on Brazil."

Brazil coach Paulo do Rego Barros: "Today was a difficult match for us. USA, in my view, is the team playing the best volleyball in the world. It was difficult to stop the middle blockers. We could not make the points and they were able to side out. They play very fast and it is very difficult to stop them."

Brazil captain Dani Lins: "United States played well today. They had big spikes."


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