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Girls under 18, 2003 - Press Info

Press conference

Italy beat Croatia 3-2 (19-25, 28-26, 23-25, 25-19, 15-13) - duration 2:02
15-Aug, start time: 12:30, end time: 14:32 - Attendance: 350
Head coach of Italy, Luca Pieragnoli:

"Obviously we are all extremely happy to win this leveled match. I would not like to distinguish any player, the whole team contributed. We will play against USA for the first time but we observed them carefully and I believe we will be well prepared".

Veronica Angeloni, captain of the Italian team:

"At the beginning we performed rather poorly but fortunately we came back to the game just on time. It is hard to express our joy; we paid the Croatian team back for the loss in the European Championships' final. Now we must start to think how to beat USA".

Head coach of Croatia, Nino Matjacic:

"Before the drawing of lots for the quarter finals I was afraid of Italy and I was right. We performed beneath our normal level, even in the sets that we won. Tie-break is always about luck and that was something we were short of this time".