Today’s win gave my players self-confidence - Cuba coach Wilfredo Robinson

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 15, 2017 – Cuba caused a huge sensation seeing off reigning champions Brazil 4-1 (15-12, 9-15, 15-10, 17-15, 16-14) on Friday night to destroy Brazil’s hope for a semifinal spot here at the 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship. Brazil’s captain Drussyla said they felt insecure on the court.

Cuba coach Wilfredo Robinson: “In reality Cuba is a very good team that needs foremost to win, to play against tough teams, and especially that the players believe in themselves that they can win a match against the strong teams as well. Now we feel very good. Today’s win gave my players strength and self-confidence.”

Cuba captain Diaris De La Caridad Perez: “Last night we had a meeting and spoke about the match against Brazil which was very important for us. We talked a lot about how to finish sets what caused us so many problems in the previous matches. We worked a lot on this and the result was seen on the court today."

Brazil coach Wagner Coppini: “I was worried as we did not play our game and our side-out was not working well. Our greatest problem was our lack of strategy. Our offense was too weak.”

Brazil captain Drussyla: “We were not able to play our game today. We felt insecure on the court. We did not have the right answer to the Cuban play. We do not know whether this was due to the match we lost against Bulgaria yesterday or something else. We are very disappointed.”

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

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