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Poland's captain: 'We expect a totally different match tomorrow'


Polish players celebrate a point against USA, but eventually lose the match 3-0.

Campinas, Brazil, August 3, 2013 – After Poland’s defeat against the United States, Polish captain Katarzyna Skowronska revealed she expects a different performance by her team against Russia, on Sunday.

“We expect a totally different match tomorrow,” Skowronska said. "The Russian game is not that fast, but we need to have a good serve to difficult their reception and blocking.”

Skowronska added that the speed of the American team’s game was the key for their victory.

“We gave our best, but we had some difficulties to block and defend. They have a really fast game.”

“We were not so in the game as we were yesterday against Brazil,” said Polish assistant coach Maciej Kosmol. “We were not surprised by how fast the Americans play. We talked about that before the game, but we couldn’t handle it.”

USA captain Kristin Hildebrand was pleased with her team’s performance against Poland.

“I think we did a good job against Poland,” Hildebrand said. “We played with more speed than our first game. Poland is always a tough team to play against because of that I am happy with the way we played.”

American head coach Karch Kiraly made his prediction on tomorrow’s match against Brazil.

“We played a good match against Poland,” Kiraly said. “Tomorrow we will have a difficult game against Brazil. The Brazilians have one of the best programs of the world in volleyball and José Roberto Guimarães is an amazing coach. It will be a honor to play against Brazil here.”

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