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Better fitness helps Cuba outlast Russia

Havana, Cuba, June 19, 2009 - "Cuban players are in great shape, and if they stay this way, they will be a tough squad to defeat," said Russia head coach Daniele Bagnoli in a press conference following Cuba's triumph at Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum, in Pool C of the 20th edition of the World League.

Bagnoli: "It was a thrilling spectacle, a huge experience, truly important because it helped me know my players. Cuba deserved the victory, because their players are in a better shape and made the most of our mistakes. My players were somehow lazy, but I know we can do better. Pride will be a key factor tomorrow. I don't believe in crowd pressure. We made technical mistakes and the heat affected us. Cuba has young spikers, they are strong and played a key role in the game. If they keep playing like this, they will be a tough squad to defeat this year."

Cuban head coach Orlando Samuels: "It was a thrilling game, as we expected. I believe we are in great physical shape. Russia defeated us last year, so I'm truly happy for this victory. We have to analyze our game, in order to get better. But anyway, I like the attitude my players showed tonight."

Russia Captain Alexey Kazakov: "We didn't expect this defeat. Cuba played better, made the most of our errors and we missed some crucial serves. We need to keep on working to improve physically and technically." 

Cuba Captain Roberlandy Simon: "It was a great match. We had ups and downs, but we managed to win point by point. Our serves faded, but hopefully tomorrow we will be better." 

  

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