3 - NORCECA champion Cuba all but guaranteed its
first Grand Champions Cup title and the US$400,000
winners cheque after defeating South American champions
Brazil 3-2. YUG def ARG 3-1, KOR def JPN 3-0 Full
2 -Brazil is equal to Cuba on four points after
it overpowered its South American neighbour Argentina in
straight sets. Cuba's 67-minute demolition of the Asian
champion Korea is Cuba's second straight-set victory in
as many days, after stunning Olympic gold medallist
Yugoslavia 3-0 on Day 1. Full
1 – Cuba outclassed and outplayed Olympic and
European champion Yugoslavia in straight sets, Brazil
had little difficulty finishing off Asian champion Korea
and Japan came from behind twice to defeat a young and
spirited Argentinean team Full
3 - 13:00 CUB – BRA, 15:00 ARG – YUG, 18:00 JPN
4 - 13:00 CUB – JPN, 15:00 KOR – ARG, 18:00 BRA
5 - 13:00 ARG – CUB, 15:00 YUG – KOR, 18:00 JPN
HERRERA ( CUB Head Coach ) As for the first set, I
suppose it was interesting for audience, too. After some
practice matches against us, Japan investigated us well.
From the second set, we regained our confidence and were
able to cope with the situation.
HERNENDEZ ( CUB Captain ) At the first set, Japan
had a good momentum. So we were in difficulties. However
we recovered our concentration. Angel DENNIS (CUB Player
7) We had a few practice matches with Japan before this
tournament. I think they analyzed us. During the first
set, Japan had a good concentration more than us and
they had a good rhythm as well, but then we could
recover our concentration.
TANAKA ( JPN Head Coach ) Q: How do you plan to
improve the block in order to compete with the world
level? A: At the training camp before this tournament,
we focused on blocks and services, and we have improved.
However, we cannot still overcome the height. I always
tell my players to make the wall. Still I don't think
the wall is effectively made.
Q: What was
the strategy to receive Cuba's strong services? A: It is
very difficult. I think the only way to improve is to
receive services as many as possible to get used to it.
And we trained to get accustomed to their height and
speed. However, they were even more powerful as we
expected. It seems that my instruction is not well
conveyed to my players, because they still try to aim
the setter for the service receive and lose point by
IZUMIKAWA ( JPN Captain ) In the first set, Cuba
made many mistakes in combination and serve-reception,
and we got the set. From the second set, Cuba hit
aggressive services and our spikes were blocked. That is
the reason of our loss.
KATO ( JPN Player 11 ) In the first set, we played
our ideal volleyball. From the second set, we were
devastated by the high, powerful and skillful attacks of
Cuba. We made many faults in serve reception and it lead
our self-ruin. I was selected in the starting lineup,
and I wanted to play in the court till the end. I also
wanted to cultivate Abe's faculty. But in the latter
half, I lost my concentration and could not lead the
team. Even when I am out of the court, there are still
things I have to do. So I will try to do those things
YAMAMOTO ( JPN Player 14 ) In the first set, we were
really aggressive and Cuba was passive. But from the
second set, we became passive, and Cuba attacked their
own way. I was not my best condition for the previous
three matches. Today I shifted my mind and played well
in the first set. I am disappointed that I could not
play my best from the third set.
Chi-Yong ( KOR Head Coach ) We aimed at two wins for
this tournament, so I am very glad to have accomplished
this goal. I feel gratitude to the players for playing
their best. As for the Argentina team, many of players
were inexperienced and there were some basic faults in
this match. I once again want to say that I am happy
that we were united and won two games.
( KOR Captain ) I'm happy to win this match. Always
the match against Argentina is difficult. Until middle
of match, they had a good rhythm, however we could
recover our rhythm and confident at the same time. I
want to do our best tomorrow as well.
GETZELEVICH ( ARG Head Coach ) For the first set, we
were able to play equally with Korea, but from the
second set, we couldn't win any sets due to our lack of
experience. As I've been saying for several times, I
hope this tournament to be a good experience for our
young players. ( As for the captain being absent from
this press conference ) He has some problem with the
stomach, but there's nothing to worry about.
SPAJIC ( ARG Player No. 10 ) At the beginning we
played well. But at the third set and the fourth set,
our blocking did not work well. That was our bad point.