FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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For UPCN coach, his team is "made of champions"


Coach Fabián Armoa from UPCN celebrating with his wife and little fans

Ali Bairami, Al-Rayyan captain: "It was a tough match. After all, we had 5 sets. On the first two sets, they played well, forced their serves and showed a really good volleyball. On the next two, I think we did a better job, but they overcame us in the end. We tried our best to win but, nevertheless, I think their victory was well deserved."

Demián González, UPCN captain: "I'm ecstatic. We knew this was going to be a tough match and I think that showed on the field. We found the strength we needed in the final set to qualify and for that I'm very happy. Now we need to rest and prepare for the semifinal, which will be even more hard."

Igor Arbutina, Al-Rayyan coach: "For us, being in the semifinals was a goal. We have some of the best players of the world at this moment, so we had to be there. Our main goal was to compete equally against all team, then to qualify and now we have a new dream. Our players have experience and I'm hoping this can make a difference in the semifinals."

Fabián Armoa, UPCN coach: "It's an honour to be in the semifinals for the second year in a row. Today's game was a very difficult one, mainly in a mental aspect, as we had to recover from yesterday. But I have a team made of champions and the guys played with pride, with feeling, vibrating during the game. I'm very happy for that."

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