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World League 2004 - Press Info

Press conference

Serbia & Montenegro beat Cuba 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 31-29) - duration 2:00
04-Jun, start time: 20:40, end time: 22:40 - Attendance: 12'500
City: Habana; Hall : Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum
Quotes from team captains and head coaches


Nikola Grbic, Serbia and Montenegro team captain
"I am of course happy with the win. We have three new players and it has been a fruitful experience for us. We hope to have another good match on Saturday".

Goran Vujevic, the third highest scorers for Serbia and Montenegro in the match.
"We had great expectations on Cuba because it is a young and experienced team at the same time. We knew Cubans are used to playing hard-fought matches. We played well from the very first set and we were always ahead. The Cuban team started to gain a lead only after the fourth set. When we took a two-point lead, it was very difficult for our rivals to overcome that difference".

Ljbomir Travica, Serbia and Montenegro head coach
"It was very important for us to start with a win. Firstly, we have new players who needed to have such experience. And because we faced a team that hast just participated in a pre-Olympic tournament. I am sure they have shown a better form than today. It was very good match and we have to accept that we were fresh mentally and played tactically well.


Raidel Poey, the second best scorer for Cuba in the match.
"I would like to congratulate Serbia and Montenegro. It is a very experienced team and they played well in today's match. We fought more in the last two sets".

Pavel Pimienta, team captain of Cuba.
"We felt extra pressure in the first sets. We have not played in front of our crowd in a long time. We improved in the third set and lost the fourth one due to errors that are common in volleyball and we are working on it. We hope to win on Saturday".

Roberto Garcia, Cuban head coach
"We had ups and downs today. We started very bad in the first two sets. Some tactics are strategies were not correctly applied and that was the cause of today's defeat. Apart from Serbia's current form, it's a great team and I want to congratulate them. They showed they are the Olympic champions in moments of tension at the end of the fourth set".