Garcia: Patience was key in the end


Puerto Rico coach Juan Albarran talks to his players in their match against Cuba in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship

Riffa, Bahrain, August 18, 2017 – Gabriel Garcia led Puerto Rico in their five-set win over Tunisia and he said that patience was the key to their victory in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Friday.

Puerto Rico captain Gabriel Garcia: We were very nervous at the start of the match. Most of our players are rookies and it is their first time playing in a World Championship. The key thing for us in the end was patience. Patience did everything. We talked a lot with the coach and the staff and we did the work.

Puerto Rico coach Juan Albarran: It was very important for us to start this tournament with a win. This is the first time we have done this in the competition we have played in. In the fifth set we told our players to calm down and relax. In the end, we had lesser errors than Tunisia. They made their adjustments and they played well.

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Tunisia coach Chokri Bouzidi: Our overall performance in the game was average as both teams committed a lot of mistakes, which was also why the game was extended to five sets. This was not our real performance. We have lots of things to offer in our succeeding matches.

Our preparation was only a month before the World Championship and we haven’t played any friendlies. We still have three matches left and we hope to show everyone our true performance as African champions.


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