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Venezuela seeks to correct faulty service game

Mental mistakes harmed the Venezuelans, according to the players

Friday's defeat to Poland 2-3 (25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 25-27, 11-15) will have Venezuelan head coach Alexander Gutiérrez evaluating several technical aspects of his team's game. "We are going to check what we failed, we will examine especially our service game, which is something very complex, where you risk or lose," he said.

Venezuela made 27 mistakes in this department on Friday, during the first game of the two-match series with Poland.

For Gutiérrez, making such changes represents the key to winning at the FIVB World League. "We will continue working on it, as the more we minimize our mistakes in service, the easier our games will become,” he said. 

In the opinion of several Venezuelan players, mental mistakes harmed the team. They said poor touches on easy balls were the product of restlessness. "We played against a high-level team but we are satisfied because today we improved on the court," said captain Andy Rojas. 

In spite of the defeat, the second for Venezuela at the event, the South Americans satisfied 5,600 spectators at the Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, who enthusiastically supported their national team, which added one point to their standings and now rank second in the pool.

Poland is using the tournament to develop a group of young men, according to Argentinian Daniel Castellani. "To qualify for the World Championship and for the European Championship we will train the best possible team, which will include experienced players and the best from this World League," he said.


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