FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Russia to meet Iran in the semifinals

Russia outlasted Cuba from the competition for the medals

Tijuana, Mexico, July 5, 2013 – Russia recovered from a slow start to dominate Cuba for the last three sets of their quarterfinal contest at Baja California High Performance Center on Friday afternoon.

The Russian victory was based on their powerful serves which led to 9 aces and the high blocks that produced 13 points. They now will play Iran in their next match.

Victor Poletaev, captain of Russia: “It was a very important match and all the players were very nervous during the first set. We made many mistakes. Then we settled down and played more consistently. In the second set we scored with big blocks and went on take the set and obtained a good result.”

Ricardo Calvo, captain of Cuba: “Today it was a good played match for both teams. I only wish Russia good luck in the battle for the medals and we will continue playing for a good positioning in the standings.”

Alexander Karikov, coach of Russia: “I like the team of Cuba. They have many players with very distinguished future. Now we know the names of those players and I am afraid of this team of Cuba in the future. I coached a great Cuban player in Russia, (Osmani) Juantorena, and he plays beautiful. There are many good Cuban players in Italy and Poland. Regarding the match against Iran, well, I have to think. This is a matter of step by step.”

Rodolfo Sanchez, coach of Cuba: “First of all I want to congratulate both teams, especially the Russian team. In the first set we played pretty good volleyball but then we started to err and you can’t afford to do that against a big team like Russia. We need to learn to respect the opponent out of the court but not in the court where we are all volleyball teams. The boys did all they have.”

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