FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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We kept focused on the ball and our rival: Turkish captain Gulmezoglu

Turkish team members celebrate their victory after a solid third match performance.

MEXICALI, Mexico, June 27 2013 — For the Turkish boys this is their first experience in an Age Group World Championship, according to coach Ali Kazi Hidayetoglu. For captain Yigit Gulmezoglu, the goal was clear: winning.

Yigit Gulmezoglu, captain of Turkey: “We felt a good atmosphere on the court with the fans. Obviously we had to focus on every play to get the best of them and we want to go on in this tournament that is our first world championship.”

Ricardo Calvo, captain of Cuba: “We liked the support of the Mexican spectators. Unfortunately we made mistakes and could not play as we wanted.”

Ali Kazi Hidayetoglu, coach of Turkey: “We knew that Cuba was going to be a tough rival. We worked hard to face a very strong team with a solid attack. So we had to keep on playing.”  

Rodolfo Sanchez, coach of Cuba: “I want to congratulate both teams. They played hard. Turkey had a great performance today. We were not able to close the sets.” 



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