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USA's coach: 'In bad moments I tell my players to keep their heads high'


Press conference after the match between Poland and the USA in Katowice, Poland

Katowice, Poland, July 5, 2013 – On Friday evening Poland beat USA in five sets (25-22, 19-25, 13-25, 30-28 and 18-16) in the sixth week of the 2013 FIVB World League in Katowice, Poland.

“It was a great match for both teams,” said the USA captain Matthew Anderson during the press conference after the match. “We played very well as a team, we played together. Unfortunately they came out on top in the end, but I think what cost us to lose was our lack of control.”

“We made another small step, step that I talk about a lot – to play better an better every day,” said Poland’s captain Marcin Mozdzonek. “There were very bad moments in our play, but we managed to overcome them. I am glad that the fans who came tonight supported us very strongly and had an opportunity to watch an exciting match. It was definitely a match full of nerves and emotions.”

“Poland showed some great resolve when they came out after that third set,” said USA’s head coach John Speraw. “What I take from this match is how happy I am with where we are as a team. It is great for my young players, who are unexperienced, to come and play in this environment. We had some great contribution from our young players. As for now, we're moving to many of our issues, which I think come from the servise line and I think if we can keep control and continue to improve, then we have a chance to be a great team. We lost, but I am not discouraged. In bad moments I tell my players to keep their heads high and keep fighting for the next point.”

“We had a lot of problems in the middle of the match, but what I love about these guys is that they don't stop fighting,” said Poland head coach Andrea Anastasi. "We did not play perfectly, we have many things to work on.”

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