FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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USA get used to fight hard at Women’s U23 WCH

Ellen Braga and Mara Leao of Brazil try to block a spike attempt by USA captain Gina Mancuso.

Mexicali, Mexico, October 9 2013.- The United States are ready for Semifinals and will travel to Tijuana on Thursday with the goal to improve their performance and also to fight for the podium. Brazil will play in the round for places 5 to 8 at the same venue after Pool B round has been done in Mexicali.

Gina Mancuso, captain of USA: It was a fun an exciting battle. Team USA has had three very tough nights, but have come here to improve. Brazil was a very good team with a strong block. I’m really proud of our team.

Karch Kiraly, coach of USA: Brazil played a very good volleyball in a big part of that match. I’m also realy proud of USA Team., We have played against great teams like China and Brazil. Like Gina said We played three straight very tough matches and we used to fight  hard. 

Ellen Braga, Captain of Brazil: Congratulations to USA. It was a good match. We made many mistakes that we didn’t get used to. It was difficult in the end.

Claudio Lopes Pinheiro, Coach of Brazil. Congratulations to USA. They played very well. I have no comments about the match. I appreciate the support of Mexicali fans. It is a very nice and wonderful city. I hope to be back here once again.

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