BEIJING, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- FIVB President Ary S. Graca has pledged his commitment to the development of volleyball in Asia (including Oceania).
The world No.53, who is also in the doubles semifinals along with Nicole Melichar, had lost just 23 games in her six matches prior to the final showdown.
Graca highlighted several examples, including the men's senior national volleyball teams coach support projects for India and Pakistan, which helped both teams reach the final eight of the 2019 Asian Men's Volleyball Championship. Enditem
Michy Batshuayi of Belgium shoots during a friendly match between Belgium and Cote d'Ivoire at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)
"What I learned at Bayern and what I can stress is the need to train hard. It's something I've always done. But, now, if I have to work three or four times harder than normal, I'll do it. I've been working on my physical fitness and I'm feeling really good. The intensity of the training is something that Bayern take very seriously and you can see that the players benefit from that."
According to Bayer Leverkusen, Arias suffered a fractured fibula and tore multiple ankle ligaments.
"Sometimes I feel that according to my physical condition, I can still play two or three seasons, but I don't have enough energy for it since taking up the coach position," she admitted.
"We came into this match with the mentality of challenging Xinjiang. I hoped that our players could show our style in such an intense game," said Jiangsu coach Ding Tie.
Brazil will enter Tuesday's match at Estadio Nacional in Lima on the back of a 5-0 rout of Bolivia while Peru drew 2-2 against Paraguay in last week's opening round of CONMEBOL qualifiers.
Vasco dropped to 10th in the standings, having lost four of their past five fixtures.
"We didn't show enough of a tough mentality compared with last game, but made timely adjustments at halftime," Zhang noted.