FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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USA coach Hugh McCutcheon: We're going to London


USA celebrate their win over undefeated Italy, and their ticket to the London Olympics

Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2011 - Press Conference, Italy vs USA: USA pulled off a big win against undefeated Italy on Thursday, handing them their first loss of the tournament in fourth round play.

USA coach Hugh McCutcheon: I’m extremely, extremely happy for our team - not just for tonight but for the whole tournament and indeed the whole year. It’s been a long international season, and our team has accomplished almost all of its goals. This is a special group that we have right now. I feel a lot of gratitude to our athletes and staff for all the work they do to prepare our team. Knowing we’ve qualified for the Olympics is a wonderful feeling. We have one more match tomorrow, but we’re going to London and that’s a great, great thing for us.

On his team’s balance: I just think our team is playing better volleyball than a year ago. I also think they are a better team than a year ago. The athletes truly care about each other, and play for each other - just not with each other. Lindsey is a great captain, and she mentioned Logan. They want to represent their country and do it to the best of their ability. And that’s what its about.

On Japan tomorrow: Japan is a very good team, and in all international volleyball the margins are very small. If we can play well in serve/reception and if we can side-out… if we can do that then we can play with anybody. Those will be the key elements.

USA captain Lindsey Berg: Wow. First of all every time we play Italy it’s always a cat fight. They were undefeated, and we congratulate them on a great tournament.

I want to give credit to Logan Tom who has been our rock in this tournament. It’s a big win for us now that we’ve qualified. But we want to win the tournament, and the journey continues for us.

On tomorrow against Japan: We’re definitely a different team than last year at  the World Championships. We’ve grown as teammates together, and did lots of work this past summer to get better. Our first goal was to qualify, but we want to win this tournament. We know Japan will be at their best in front of the home crowd. We’re just going to rest and do our best against them tomorrow.

Italy coach Massimo Barbolini: First of all congratulations to my friend Hugh [McCutcheon]. We have lost a battle against one of the strongest teams in the world. I can only say thank you to my team for an amazing tournament. After a bad second set we tried to fight to arrive at the tie break, but th USA played better and they deserve the victory. I’m very happy with my team for an amazing tournament.

On injuries and possible ways to improve: I think that we can only to talk about the players that are here. I think they deserve all the credit. Every team has problems with injuries, which is normal in a long tournament. But absolutely we have to improve for the Olympics. For European teams it's important to qualify before the tournament in Turkey in May. But yes, we have to improve a lot.

Italy captain Eleonora Lo Bianco: I want to congratulate the US team. It’s always difficult to play against such a strong team. But we tried to do our best but in in the end we lost this game. I’m very happy for the result of this competition.


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