Velasco: "After the first set the match became easier for us."


Florence, Italy, September 14, 2018 – Argentina got back on track after their loss to Belgium earlier this week, as they downed the Dominican Republic in three sets on Friday in Florence.

Julio Velasco, Argentina head coach: “We let the Dominican Republic come back in the first set, but at the end we were good enough to regroup and win that. It was very important for our mood not to lose that set. After that, the match became easier. We already lost a match versus Belgium, and from now on, it is important to take points from all remaining matches in the pool.”

Luciano De Cecco, captain of Argentina: “We are happy, since we played well except for the mid-section of the first set. We will now focus on tomorrow’s match versus Italy and we hope to play well, too.”

José Gutierrez, Dominican Republic head coach: “We need more experience, since ours is a young team, which is not close to this level yet. Argentina is a top team, while we are working for our future.”

Elvis Contrera, captain of Dominican Republic: “It was a very useful match for our younger teammates. We were aware of Argentina’s strength; they played good volleyball while we made many mistakes. Anyway, there is still something good we can take from this experience.”