We were not near our potential - Schneidmiller


USA coach Sam Shweisky giving instructions in their match against Puerto Rico in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship

Riffa, Bahrain, August 20, 2017 – USA captain Joel Schneidmiller said that they were not near their potential against Puerto Rico but they managed to record their second win in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Sunday.

USA captain Joel Schneidmiller:
I think we’re close to our peak but there’s still a lot we can do. We were definitely not near our potential. I know we can still pass the ball better and do everything a lot better. It’s all slowly coming together and by the end of the tournament we will be 100 per cent.

USA coach Sam Shweisky: We are excited to be able to play and keep improving. We were able to play different guys today and we are very proud of them to come in and make some additions to the team. I’m really happy with our players’ performances. We’ve had such a short amount of time to train. It’s hard to know even with all the statistics and data where we are really at, but we’re pleased with what we’re seeing from the players.

We try to make our players not think about being undefeated. When you think about the score and think about the outcome, it gets in the way. It’s human, we all think about it. We try really hard to say play the next ball, play the next point, play the next opponent and not think about who’s on the other side of the net. If we can just stay focused on the next point and process, that will help us.

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Puerto Rico coach Juan Albarran:
When you play a team like USA, you cannot commit too many errors. Today we did and that got us into a lot of trouble. We’re not safe in qualification. We must prepare to win tomorrow against Bahrain. If we do, we have a great chance to be in the second round.

Puerto Rico captain Gabriel Garcia: We don’t feel so much pressure with one game left. We tell the guys to be calm and take it easy. I think and believe that we can win tomorrow. We have to work on our concentration. We tell the guys that we have nothing to lose and to always try and get the win. So I hope things will come around.


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