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Cuba gets ready to avenge first-day loss against Serbia in Pool B


Cuba's Yordan Bisset takes off against Serbia on Friday

  Havana, Cuba, June 7, 2013 – The Cuban team is ready to fight back against Serbia in the second of their two-game series in the FIVB World League at the Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum in Havana on Saturday.

On Friday, the Cubans dropped the first two sets in a 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20) loss in front of their home fans.

Cuba coach Orlando Samuels and his staff are confident that their young and inexperienced squad can turn things around against the European champions on Saturday.

"Tomorrow, we will play better,” Samuels stated. “I think our players will improve their game level while becoming a little more confident and more consistent. They lacked a lot of concentration (on Friday), but that is something we can fix as the tournament goes on.”

Lian Sem Estrada, captain of the home team, said lack of preparation led them to making some mistakes but he thinks the story will be different in Game 2.

“I think we will do better on Saturday night as we never give up right to the end,” Cuba’s regular setter predicted.

Cuba-Serbia starts at 20:40 on Saturday night (00:40 GMT Sunday morning)

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