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Heart the key to victory says Travica

"We played with very big hearts in the most difficult moment of the match" - Dragan Travica

Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 18, 2013 - Dragan Travica said Italy played some of the their best volleyball of the season, but was very proud of the heart his Italy team showed to beat Bulgaria 3-1 on day two of the 2013 World League Finals.

"I think we played very well in the first set. This was one of the best [sets] we played this year in the World League."

"After that we didn't play so good, because Bulgaria played better, but I want to remember the third set when we were in a difficult moment and we played, not the best volleyball, but we played with very big hearts in the most difficult moment of the match. I am very proud of this because you cannot practise this in training."

It was the first time Italy had won their opening match in a World League Finals series since 2004.

"I didn't know this, but it's another reason to be happy. With this group [of players], in every tournament, our start was very bad, so today we grew up in this respect."

"I think that Argentina is a very dangerous team," he said about Italy's next opponents. "You can't predict how they can play. They have players with a lot of talent, and very young, so they can play the best volleyball in the world for one hour and they can play not so very good for half an hour. So we have to pay attention and do the simple things, and focus on our game."

"Tomorrow maybe Argentina have a lot of pressure because they must win to go to the semi-finals, but also they want to win in their country."

After their loss to Italy, Bulgaria coach Tsvetan Sokolov, said
"We knew that the match against Italy would be really difficult for us, we didn't play well in the first set but then I think we played good volleyball"

"They played better in defense and we made some mistakes and unfortunately this time we couldn't reach the victory"

"Now we have to wait for tomorrow result to find out if we can qualify for Final Four, I hope we can make it."

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