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Ruiz praises Venezuela after Cuba victory

Venezuela's libero Maria Valero

Yumilka Ruiz (CUB) - captain

On the match:

"Today's match is our preparation for the rest of the matches in the Games. We let every player play on the court, including the substitutes, but we have to admit that Venezuela played a good game today."

On the Venezuelan team:

"The Venezuelan team is young but they played well. We are more experienced and that's why we won."

Antonio Perdomo (CUB) - coach

On their opponents:

"Venezuela is courageous. They did very well today and I think they gain experience every game. I want to congratulate them on the progress they have already made. We are going to play the losing team in the Russia-Serbia match. We are fighting for the gold medal."

On whether the match against Venezuela was friendly given that the teams train together in Cuba:

"On the playing field, we have a professional ralationship. Yes,  the two teams are friendly, but during the match, that's a different thing because we represent two different countries."

On the outcome of a possible final match against China:

"We have won some matches and lost some. In the previous matches, we have played against China, we have won two and lost two. So we don't know."

Jayce Andrade (VEN) - captain

On the match:

"Today we played against Cuba, one of the strongest teams in the world. Fortunately we had encountered Cuba before and we had a pretty good understanding of their team and how they play."

On what Venezuela has learnt at their first Olympic Games:

"The advantage of the Olympic Games for us is that we have the opportunity to play against Asian teams, because we had never done that before. Now we have gained experience in that respect. The disadvantage was that we were not adapted to their fast style of play."

"Today's match against Cuba team was very important. We have mixed feelings when we compete with Cuba. They are actually our teacher because we train with them in Cuba. We hoped our team would play to the full potential and we have really seen that they have played their best because of this understanding (between the two teams)."

Tomas Fernandez (VEN) - coach

On his hope for his young squad:

"The venezualan team is young one with a lot of potential to grow. It's a promising team because we have financial and political support from the governament as well as the FIVB. But in the FIVB competitions, they (FIVB) tend to only invite the teams with the most experience so we have difficulties in those."

"So what we are trying to do now is to do a good job in America. The venezuelan team is going to Cuba for more training. The next step is to do well in South America and we will be aiming to go to the 2012 London Olympic Games as well as preparing for the 2009 World CuP."