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Cuba coach Samuels: This was definitely our best game

Coach Orlando Samuels led Cuba to their first victory

 Havana, Cuba, June 29, 2013 – Cuba played its best match of World League 2013 and defeated Russia 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22) on Saturday, breaking a seven-game losing streak in the tournament.

Cuba coach Orlando Samuels praised his young players: “It was step by step. First, we couldn’t even win a set, tonight they loosened themselves up. They played hard. It was definitely our best game.”

Cuban rookie Abraham Alfonso: “At first I was a little bit nervous; I felt some pressure, but later I got more comfortable on court. We got the result we were waiting for. Samuels told me to find the Russian setter and don’t mind about the centrals. The most important thing of all was winning our first three points.”

Russia coach Andrey Voronkov: “My players were tired because we spent tons of moral energy last night. Also we have a lot of players injured, so we couldn’t display our best level of play.”

Russian top scorer Nikolay Pavlov: “We started strong, but nothing worked out for us. There were some close plays that took our nerves. Cuba has a young team, with lots of potential. Maybe they need to take it easy, and they’ll be better players.”

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