FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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"Our energy was below at the beginning," says USA coach


USA coach Peter Hanson and captain Matthew West

USA coach Peter Hanson:

“I think our energy was below at the beginning. Egypt played very well, congratulations to them. We made some line-up changes and got our energy back. Those players played very well today together. As the energy came back down we made couple more changes then we were able to finish up the match at a high level. That was important to USA.”

USA captain Matthew West:

“Unfortunately in the first set we started slow. We couldn't get a momentum. However, I think we played very well during the second and third set. We did a good job.”

Egypt coach Gaber Abouzeid:

“We lose our confidence very quickly, that is our disadvantage. We have two main injuries in our line up that affected our team before the competition. Some players from the youth team who don’t have enough experience are playing with us in these matches. Players also lose their concentration when they lose some points, they drop their performance very quickly.”

Egypt team captain Islam Abdelkader:

“Main cause of our defeat today was our physical condition. Also we had some other problems today. The libero wasn’t up to the level. Our spike was as good as USA block. At the starting of the second set, we lost our momentum. We couldn’t come again to the court.”


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