FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Boys looked more relaxed and found rhythm, Sanchez said


Cuban players celebrate their triumph over Japan, after two previous losses.

Mexicali, Mexico, June 30 2013 – Cuban coach Rodolfo Sanchez, stated that after spending almost one year without any action, his squad has finally found out the rhythm with the victory against Japan at FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship.

However, the team is “still against the wall”, stated Sanchez at the post game interview and He hopes can get a victory from the match against Chile on Monday. Meanwhile for Japan’s coach Hiroshi Honda, the Cuban height was whole difference.

Rodolfo Sanchez, coach of Cuba: “We did not change our playing style. This was sort of a consequence because Cuba spent practically one year without playing. On the first two matches the boys were a little tense, but tonight They played more relaxed.” 

Hiroshi Honda, coach of Japan: “I want to congratulate Cuba for the victory. It is a team with good height and quickness.”

Ricardo Calvo, captain of Cuba: “I want to congratulate Japan. It is a good team. This has been one of the best matches We have played.”

Tsubasa Hisahara, captain of Japan: “The bad point is that We could not work very well against Cubans’ height.”


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