Poland's head coach: 'tonight was a turning point for us'
Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 28, 2013 – Poland gained a victory over Argentina in five sets (26-24, 19-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-8) in their fifth match of the 2013 FIVB World League.
“We couldn't play on the same level as in the first three sets, because Poland played really great in the last two,” said Argentina's captain Luciano De Cecco. “We played well in defense which is a good sign for Sunday.”
“We cared about the score tonight, but we also wanted to come back to the level of play which both we and the spectators are used to,” said Poland's captain Marcin Mozdzonek. “We got close to that. It was another small step and I hope we can make a next one on Sunday.”
Poland's Bartosz Kurek was named the MVP of the match with 27 points, while of Argentina topped the scorers for his team with 23 points.
Poland had a rough start at the 2013 World League, being the first defending champions to start their following World League campaign with four successive defeats. The world No. 4 play Argentina, who have lost five of their first six matches thus far. Poland are unbeaten in their last 16 World League matches against Argentina.
“My complements to Poland who played very well in the last two sets,” said Argentina's head coach Javier Weber. “I am satisfied with my team for their play in the first three. I think that the deference between Poland and Argentina tonight was Bartosz Kurek and his serves. I am happy with what my team did, though.”
“We had some difficult moments, but I believe that tonight was a turning point for us,” said Poland's head coach Andrea Anastasi. “I am very glad that tonight Kurek played for my team. The players made an unbelievable step forward in the fourth and fifth set, but I don't expect them to play as amazingly as in those sets. It is almost impossible to play that well for too long. But it is the direction in which we want to go.”