Vladimir ALEKNO (RUS) - coach
On the Russian team's recovery in the third and fourth
sets and their loss of the final set:
"Our team's spirit and morale was enough to help us
pull even. With regards to the final set, I'll say that our team is young and
Hugh McCUTCHEON (NZL) - USA coach
On the match:
"We knew it would be a tough match. I'm proud of the
way our guys were able to deal with the pressure of the consistency Russia
showed in the second half."
"For these guys this is a chance at the podium and
I'm very pleased for them."
On losing the third and fourth sets to Russia:
"They're great players, they let that go and focused
on the next play, the next task at hand. It's easy to get wrapped up in the big
picture, but it's a testament to the character of this team that they were able
bring it back to the present, the next play. Of course I'm very pleased to
advance to the finals."
On his understated reaction to the victory:
"I'm a fairly reserved guy, I don't wear my heart on
my sleeve. I don't mean anything by it, I'm happy for the win. I wanted to
shake the hand of the Russian coach after a great match, he's a great coach.
But I'm not going to run around like a headless chicken, it's just not
On the status of the USA Volleyball team among American
"I think this team represents what's good about team
sports. The sum of their hearts is greater than the individual aspects of the
team. If these guys wanted to do individual sports, they'd play tennis. But
they want to be part of something bigger than themselves and Volleyball is the
mechanism they chose."
"This bunch of guys play selflessly with no personal
agenda. There's a lot of unity and strength in the group. I don't know if
that's of any interest to America but that's what they're missing."
On four-time Olympian Lloy BALL's (USA) return to the
team for the competition before retiring:
"I think it's very meaningful for Lloy. It was a
risk initially, for him and for us, to return. But along with the risk there
was a lot of good discussion and trust. The trust has paid significant
dividends for us."
Vadim KHAMUTTSKIKH (RUS) - captain
On losing the chance for a place in the Gold medal match:
"We have to get ready for the Bronze medal match
tomorrow, and we hope to win a medal."
Thomas HOFF (USA) - captain
On the USA's win over Russia:
"Awesome team performance. The thing that really
sticks with me is our last break. We had some confusion, the guys were pretty
amped, and Hugh (McCUTCHEON - USA coach, NZL) came over to us and said: 'Here's
what we're gonna do on this serve.' It had a great calming effect on us. An
absolutely beautiful performance."
On whether the team is looking to live up to the legacy
of the last USA Men's Volleyball team to win Gold in the 1988 Seoul Olympics:
"I don't want myself or any of the group to shoulder
any more pressure or concentrate on anything else other than just playing
games. I don't want to have to think about slipping into those shoes, they are
enormous shoes to fill."
"When we're on the court playing Volleyball, it's
not spoken about. We have an opportunity to do what they did, but we have a lot
of work to do before that happens."