Our block and defense were great today: Canada captain


Canada's Lucille Charuk smiles after the victory

Neuquen, Argentina, July, 7, 2017 - Canada's third victory over Argentina on the World Grand Prix was an important step for the North American team on the beginning of the first weekend. That's how coach Marcello Abbondanza and captain Lucille Charuk felt.

Lucille Charuk (Canada captain): We did very good on the first two sets and then the third was dangerous because Argentina got energy trying to make a comeback. We were down a little bit, but we managed to get the victory. Our block and defense were great today, the transition to the attack to make points at the end of long rallies was important as well. The game against Poland will be very tough, but our main objective is trying to figure out their game plan and focus on what we have done well.

Marcello Abbondanza (Canada coach): I'm very happy and very proud of my team because they played ordered volleyball with an aggressive mind, with a lot of focus, especially in the first two sets and we won 3-0 against Argentina, a great team. This important victory is a step towards growing up in our system. I want to congratulate Argentina because there was not only a lot of people, they were really enjoyable. I have coached for a lot and played in many countries and this is one of the best publics I have seen. Poland is a very strong team with high ambitions, we will try to do our best. For us is important to give one more step in our idea.

Emilce Sosa (Argentina captain): I think we have to find ourselves as a team. We have a young team and maybe the pressure of playing at home can complicate us, but even it's not a good start for us, is positive for our young players. This way they gain experience. We played some friendly matches against Croatia, we're going to look for the victory and hopefully we'll do it at home.

Guillermo Orduna (Argentina coach): It was a difficult game to start with. We had expectations of playing better, but we couldn't play at our best. We didn't close the third set and we had several errors in attack. When you make so many mistakes against teams like Canada, who play with organisation and has good players, you pay for that. We have to keep working. We have some new players that need to grow in terms of responsibility on some balls, but its part of what we need to do.


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