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Toniutti: We were physically dominated by the U.S. team


Carson Clark attacks against France's block.

France captain Benjamin Toniutti: “This evening we were physically dominated by the U.S. team. Defensively, we played very well. When it comes to counter-attack and controlling the ball, we didn’t do such a good job.”

U.S. captain Matt Anderson: “In the beginning, our serving was pretty rough. We had a lot of errors. But when we put the ball in, we put pressure on them. Our block was huge tonight. I don’t remember very many balls that got past without being touched.”

France coach Laurent Tillie: “I was frustrated by the effort deployed by the offense. They took risks, but without any positive results. You can’t win if your offensive effectiveness is only 30 percent. What really bothers me is that the team disintegrated somehow.”

U.S. coach Matt Fuerbringer (substituting for John Speraw): “Tonight, we did a really good job with our blocking defense and our passing. Besides that, I’d like to see us serve the ball a lot better in the next match.”


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