FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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"We played with our hearts", says UPCN captain Demián González

UPCN captain González hugs youngster Nicolás Lazo as UPCN is filled with joy

Filipe Ferraz, Sada Cruzeiro player: "We have worked for almost 12 months in this season, so I believe that the team felt a little tired. We battled a lot to always seek the best place and we could not get it today. For the first time, this group won't be in the podium. Our game was not good, we failed in the semifinals against Al-Rayyan and I think the team wasn't able to recover. They played well, we fought until the end and congratulations to them, they deserved this more."

Demián González, UPCN captain: "I still can't believe this. Many things come to my mind, from my very first moments at volleyball. It's unbelievable for us; we know that some teams are way better than us, including Sada Cruzeiro. They have an amazing team, but we really wanted this. We knew it was only one match to the medal and we played it with our hearts."

Marcelo Méndez, Sada Cruzeiro coach: "We did not get to this final phase in our best moment. We started the match today too bad, we got better after but it was not enough. UPCN played better and I can't only congratulate them."

Fabián Armoa, UPCN coach: "We have played about six times against Sada Cruzeiro and, until now, we had always been defeated. We owed this to ourselves. This time we managed to take advantage in our good moments and we resisted the bad ones. This is huge for ourselves and we just can't be any happier."

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