Straight answers from Long Beach

Clayton Stanley will no longer have to support his team as a fan – he’s back as a player. Coach Alan Knipe decided to put the FIVB Hero into play, so he has obviously recovered! In the match against Trinidad and Tobago, Stanley reached impressive form with 75% attack efficiency.

“I thought our first match went well,” the USA captain said. “We did a great job behind the service line. Our block was good and it put a lot of pressure on Trinidad.”

Stanley, one of the best serves in the world, didn’t score any aces, but his serve is always dangerous, and rivals know it: when this FIVB Hero steps on the service line, they reach for the headache pills.

In Pool B Cuba faced Puerto Rico, who play without their star and FIVB Hero Hector Soto. Cuba took this opportunity and won the match 3-0, with FIVB Hero Wilfredo Leon scoring 13 points, 52% attack efficiency and three kill blocks!

“We have a young team and at the beginning of the tournament they are a little nervous,” Cuba coach Orlando Samuels Blackwood said.

A good start in the tournament has given Wilfredo Leon and his teammates more confidence and enthusiasm to keep fighting for the first Olympic Games in his career.

Tomorrow the USA will face Costa Rica while Cuba will play against the Dominican Republic. How will our FIVB Heroes handle these battles? We will find out soon!