Havana, Cuba, June 14, 2009 - "We are trying to improve our defense, especially the block. We are also looking for more stability in our reception-setting-spikes, a key phase of the game," said Cuba head coach Orlando Samuels in a press conference after Cuba's second straight win over Bulgaria.
Samuels: "I had never won the opening two matches at a tournament in this my second stint as Cuban head coach. These two wins are pretty important for us, but I admit that Bulgaria wasn't in its best form because of jet lag. Also, some of its key players are a little bit tired after finishing the season with their respective clubs. I congratulate my players for giving me this happiness. Also, I'd like to highlight the Bulgarian effort. I'm sure they will improve because they are a great team."
Bulgaria Head Coach Silvano Prandi: "Undoubtedly we played worse than yesterday, even though we were more consistent serving. Cuba served better than we did. We were bad in the reception-set-spike phase. Our attack wasn't good either, and Cuba's defense became better tonight. Our team has been working together for just 15 days. Many of our players joined us just last week because they were playing with their respective clubs. We will continue working to improve physically and technically."
Cuba Captain Roberlandy Simon: "It was a tough match. We had to perform at a high level in all aspects of the game. We had some trouble keeping the lead and it is very important to improve that. Bulgaria is a great team, they just need a little bit of teamwork. We benefited from their mistakes. We need better serving for our matches against Russia next weekend."
Bulgaria Captain Andrey Zhekov: "We didn't play well and unluckily we couldn't make the most of our chances."