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McCutcheon relieved after US win Cuba 'battle'

USA coach Hugh McCutheon applauded Cuba's efforts after a "tough match"
USA coach Hugh McCutcheon:
"It was a battle. It was a tough match. I thought it was a very high level of Volleyball from both sides. From our point of view I think we made an uncharacteristically high number of unforced errors, and that has to change if we're going to be successful in the next round. We're happy to go through to the next phase of the competition and we're also very happy that Cuba's coming through with us, but for the USA we have to get better and we have to get better quickly.
"I still believe our best Volleyball is yet to come. I think there are some things we are doing at a very high level, but our group collectively has yet to find the synergy I think we had towards the end of the Grand Prix. I'm optimistic that we can keep building on these performances here – a lot of good matches against a lot of good teams. It was a very tough pool and we feel fortunate to come out unscathed."

USA captain Jennifer Tamas:
"Cuba played a really well-played match. It's always tough to play against Cuba – high hitters and good blockers. It was a high level of Volleyball and we appreciate that. We're trying to get better every day and hope that we haven't peaked yet. We're looking forward to playing in Nagoya and we're going to try and be a more consistent Volleyball team. Hopefully, our best Volleyball's to come. Great match tonight by Cuba."

Cuba coach Juan Carlos Gala:
"I want to congratulate the USA. It was a great match. At this moment I am a happy man because I have seen my team growing, and to advance to the next round is a source of pride for us. The team have been improving steadily but that's a consequence of our preparation. After starting with two losses, we've been playing like we're playing for the Championship, and our players have responded, as expected. I think our best Volleyball is yet to come." 

Cuba captain Yusidey Silie:
"We want to congratulate the USA team for the win. For us, this match was almost like a victory. We came in very focused and ready to enjoy the match and with great team spirit. But the most important thing is we could develop our game. Our game worked well for most of the match, but as usual we had some trouble with reception. But in general it was a good game for us." 

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