Cuba coach Garcia: Our blocking was an important factor


Heidy Rodriguez led Cuba with 19 markers in their 3-1 win over Peru in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at Park Arena Komaki on Saturday

Komaki, Japan, September 5, 2015 – Cuba came back from a first-set loss to defeat Peru 3-1 (13-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19) in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup at Park Arena Komaki on Saturday.

Cuba coach Roberto Garcia: "I think Peru did a very good job. Both teams were missing some of their best players, but we have other good players and they did a good job. Peru served very well in the first set but we started receiving better and I’m upbeat about our performance. Our blocking today was very important for us. We have the two best blockers in the tournament (Alena Rojas and Daymara Lescay) and we’ve been able to get some good blocking performances, so I’m very satisfied with that."

Cuba captain Sulian Matienzo: "For one set we didn’t have enough concentration on receiving but then we corrected that and were able to win, so I’m happy with the result."

Peru coach Mauro Marasciulo: "I want to congratulate Roberto; we have been good friends for a long time and Cuba are a strong team with good energy. We struggled to receive their service. Overall, I think we did a good job but as the match wore on they figured out our strategy and were able to win. I think our attack success rate was good and I’m proud of my team’s efforts. Yesterday, we blocked well against Argentina with eight blocking points but Cuba’s attack is very strong. Added to that, we didn’t have our best players available so our positioning wasn’t great today."

Peru captain Mirtha Uribe: "Congratulations to Cuba. Their attacks were very accurate and powerful and we had trouble dealing with them. We tried to attack but our energy levels dropped and we weren’t able to win."


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