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Every day you must be prepared to go into battle: USA coach


USA Coach Hugh McCutcheon (R) and Argentinean Horacio Bastit during the press conference after the United States' win

USA coach Hugh McCutcheon: We’re happy to win tonight. Obviously, every win in this tournament is important. We know Argentina and I think our group was able to come out and control a lot of the elements of the game from the beginning and we made it difficult for them. So I was very happy that we were able to play hard and to make some improvements in a few areas from some of the things we were doing at the beginning of the tournament so I’m very satisfied with our performance. The World Cup is a very unique tournament. You play this round-robin format and it’s really a marathon event, but it’s a very fair way to play – everyone play everyone. It’s a great tournament. All teams have to learn the importance of consistency and the importance of embracing the moment of the competition. Every day you have to go to battle and unless you’re prepared for that and unless you train accordingly it can get a little overwhelming. 

USA captain Lindsey Berg: Today, we continued our journey to get to London and to qualify. Every day we step on the court with a new opponent with respect for the other team, but we have to stay focused on what our plan is and what we’re doing and today we did that and came out very focused and put the smiles back on our faces from our last game and it was a positive day for USA. Now it’s done and we continue tomorrow. 

Argentina coach Horacio Bastit: I want to congratulate my colleagues for the win today. We knew before the match there was a big difference between the two teams, but we set our goals about how many points we should get. For moments in the game we did that, but in general it was not a good game for us. The important thing at this stage is to get international experience, which is important and to learn from each match against big teams. We must learn from these teams. Now I want to play against the other teams and enjoy the experience.  We learn from every match, especially playing against teams like USA. The positive thing about today is that we could serve well and you always learn from a team that play good in blocking and defence. 

Argentina captain Emilce Sosa: I think our team raised their level – from the start to the final set we played better and it’s a learning experience for us.

Argentina No. 3 Paula Yamila Nizetich: I want to congratulate the USA team. As the captain said, we improved through the match. It was a beautiful match for us and we took advantage to learn on every point. We know there is a very big difference between our team and USA, who I think are a candidate for the title, but we will continue enjoying this experience. 


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