I'm happy we improved our play - Marcelo Mendez

Opole, Poland, December 14, 2017 - Defending champions Sada Cruzeiro claimed the last available ticket to the semifinals of the 2017 FIVB Men's Club World Champions with a brilliant performance against hosts ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle on the closing day of pool play - a fact acknowledged by by both sides in the post-match Press Conference.

Marcelo Mendez, Sada Cruzeiro Coach: "Good luck to ZAKSA in the PlusLiga. I'm happy we improved our play. I think now we play good volleyball, our serves improved and our attack as well. Now we need to prepare for the semifinals."

Filipe Ferraz, Sada Cruzeiro Captain: "I want to thank all the people of Opole for such a great reception here. Today my team played a very hard match, but also played very well. I am glad we are growing at this point of the tournament. We are prepared to play against Zenit or Skra, and I think it will be a good match. Thank you to ZAKSA's captain for the kind words about us."

Andrea Gardini, Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle Coach: "First of all, let me congratulate my friend Marcelo. He's a great friend and a great coach. Today we could see why they are champions. What can I say about the match – great service by our opponents, that's why we had problems organising our play. We wish all the best for Sada and again congratulations."

Benjamin Toniutti, Zaksa Kedzierzyn-Kozle Captain: "First of all I want to congratulate our opponents and wish them good luck in Krakow. We regret the result of the second set, if we had won, the match might have finished differently. But Sada deserved the win, and today we could see why they were club world champions three times. I'm very curious about the confrontation with Zenit now. What to say about us – we need to think positive, this has been a good experience for us, and apart from losing those two sets to Sarmaye Bank, we played our style of volleyball. Today, the other team was better, but the season is not really done, we need to continue playing in this way."

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