Coaches’ statements before the Men’s Pan Am Cup


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 24, 2010 - USA Coach Richard McLaughlin is confident of success in the 2010 Men’s Pan American Cup when the competition allows for the first time entries from both the NORCECA and the South American Confederations.


Even tough the challenge looks to be stronger, the Americans say they are in better shape and well prepared.


“We have trained for two weeks and are in good shape,” said McLaughlin. “I feel confident of achieving the same success we have had in the past years.”


Here the excerpts of the coaches’ statements following the preliminary inquiry at Salon Fortaleza of Old San Juan Sheraton Hotel on Sunday evening:


Alejandro Grossi (ARG): “This is a young team with a lot of expectations about achieving a good result in the competition”.


Roberley Leonaldo (BRA): “A very young team and very tall. They have played together the past two junior world championships and they represent the future of Brazilian volleyball.”


Glenn Hoag (CAN): “The team is really happy to be here and compete at this high level of tournament. Our guys are coming from their pro leagues and it is a good occasion for us to put things together in preparation for the World Championships”.


Horacio Dileo (COL): “This is a young team. We have a long term commitment of placing Colombia among the main powerhouses of the game.”


Jacinto Campechano (DOM): “The team is in good shape and we are ready to battle for one of the three medals. We want to test where we really are looking towards the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez”.


Jorge Azair (MEX): “This is our first competition of the year in preparation for the World Championship and also the Central American and Caribbean Games. We have a combination of youth and experience and this is a real Pan American Cup with teams from Brazil and Argentina.”


Carlos Cardona (PUR): “This cup is very important for us as we have been after a spot in the World League for many years. It is the first tournament of the year and we want to be en good shape for the Central American and Caribbean Games.”


Richard McLaughlin (USA): “We are a good team and I am looking forward to the competition. I feel confident of achieving the same success we had in the past years. We trained for two weeks and are in good shape.”


Ivan Nieto (VEN): “I think we are the youngest team in the competition as this is the junior national team of Venezuela which is trying to increase its process of development and to have a real test of our competitive level.”

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