FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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Every point against Cuba is a difficult one, says Brazil's Giba


Cuba's Yoandry Díaz Carmenate dives for a ball

Hamamatsu, Japan, November 28, 2011 - Cuba have pulled off two impressive victories in as many days with a victory over No. 3 Italy on Sunday, and now a five-set thriller against the No. 1 Brazil on Monday during the FIVB Men's World Cup third round in Hamamatsu.

Cuba coach Orlando Samuells Blackwood: Thank for the congratulations from Brazil. I’m satisfied with today’s result and our performance. Like yesterday we started poor but gained in strength as the game went on. I’m happy to win these two wins.

On No. 14, Raydel Hierrezuelo Aguirre: He is our regular member, but he had an knee injury and is still taking care of that.

Cuba captain Wilfredo Leon Venero: Before the game we planned our tactics carefully. And this led to our victory. Our minds were concentrated on every play, to have an aggressive attitude against Brazil.

On tomorrow’s match: Tomorrow against Russia will be tough. We need to concentrate and do our best.

Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende: Congratulations to Cuba, they played a good match again, yesterday they played well too. I think we didn’t play bad, but rather we played ok. It was a good match versus a good team. They won on their own merits, so congratulations to them. I think we need to control our attack better; a few less mistakes. We had five points more than them in total (107-102), but we had five more mistakes. We need to think about tomorrow. I go back to the hotel sad because we lost, but we fight all the time, so I’m satisfied.

Brazil captain Gilberto Godoy Filho (Giba): Again 3-2 against Cuba — they’re a hard match all the time. This is the World Cup and we need to think about the next match. Today was a strong match, and both teams played hard. Congratulations to them. Now we need to think about Serbia tomorrow.

Every point against Cuba is a difficult one. They have good blocking, good serving, strong players — it’s always difficult to get point. It’s very hard to play them.


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