FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Facing Cuba is nothing easy: Jiande Xu

Yanhan Liu of China topped the match with 16 points. Her coach Jiande Xu, observes the play against Cuba from the sidelines.

Mexicali, Mexico, October 7 2013- Despite the 3-0 victory of China over Cuba, coach Jiande Xu  showed very serious concerns about their rivals, and so it was for his captain Di Yao.

There was a short difference in sets two and three between both teams and Cuba was close to force a fourth one 

Di Yao, Captain of China: Cuba had good weapons. Their service was strong.  They also spike very well. That was our concern. So We had to prepare for this match previously and serve better.

Jiande Xu, Coach of China: Cuba served and attacked very well. I agree with my captain Di Yao. It was so complicated for us. We had to work hard on block and put some pressure, because the last two sets they were so close.

Daymara Lescay, Captain of Cuba: We started to play well in all the sets, but we could not play and close them as we should. We couldn’t finish like we began.

Juan Carlos Gala, Coach of Cuba: The match was good, despite the 3-0 score. But China had a good tactical plan and that decided it. We are a team with the youngest age average. It is not to justify, but when you coach some girls that are 13, 15 or with an 18 years old age average obviously there are ups and downs.

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