Montreux, Switzerland, May 27, 2014 - The Brazilian
national team have won the opening game of the 29th Montreux Volley Masters
against Switzerland 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-13) - a good start to the tournament.
Ana Carolina da Silva led her team with 13 points to victory against hosts
Switzerland and their top scorer Mandy Wigger (8 points).
The favourite for the
opening game of 29th Montreux Volley Masters was clear. The double Olympic gold
medallists Brazil had to win against host Switzerland if they wanted to begin
well in the tournament. Nevertheless, Timo Lippuner’s Swiss team wanted to play
a good match and put pressure on the world’s number one.
Brazil started with a
strong and disciplined system in their game against the host. The Swiss players
struggled with their own reception and against Brazil’s blocking game. As
consequence, the Brazilians won the first set 25-13.
The Swiss national players,
however, were not afraid of the strong Brazilian offensive players and started
to improve their own defensive work. The host even led against the world’s number
one in the second set. But Brazil started to find other ways to overcome their
opponents causing the Swiss to commit many unforced errors in the middle of the
set leading them to fall behind.
Brazil started with their
starting six in the third set and found a way back to dominance. The Swiss
started to struggle and fell behind by 6-0. The Swiss national team committed
many errors again, which Brazil took advantage of to win the third set 25-13.
Jaqueline Carvalho, who made
her comeback on the Brazil team after being away on maternity leave, was happy
about the game.
“It’s such an amazing
feeling to be back on the court for the Brazilian national team - even more
after a victory.”
On the other hand, Mandy
Wigger, opposite of the Swiss national team, saw it as special moment to play
against the world’s number one. “It’s always a special opportunity to play
against such a team like Brazil. Of course some of the younger players were a
little bit nervous, but that’s normal. You have to handle it.”
Brazil will face China on
Wednesday to prove that they’re ready for the tournament.