FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Our target is to become the champion or at least the podium, says Turkey captain Damla Cakiroglu

Turkey captain Damla Cakiroglu interviewed in Vodova mixed zone

Brno, Czech Republic, June 26, 2013 – Turkey beat Mexico 3-0 to enter the quarterfinals

Turkey coach Gökhan Edman: It was a really important game for us today because we didn’t want to play 9th to 16th place in the next rounds. I want to congratulate Mexico because they are always fighting. We just knew we had to have a good block and defense and we did it.

Turkey captain Damla Cakiroglu: This match wasn’t psychologically easy. We won 3-0 but I’m not satisfied with our play in the last set. I think we are better than Mexico, like in the game behaviour, so I expected that we win. Now we are in the first eight. Our target is to be the champion or at least the podium. Tomorrow we have a break and then we’ll go on.

Mexico coach Estanislao Vachino: In the first two sets we played with our typical line-up. In the last set we started to substitute the players more and our level was getting a little better. But it’s not possible to win if our three key players – Samantha Bricio, Alejandra Isiordia and Jocelyn Urias, play so bad. Generally it’s impossible to win if the important players don’t want to play at their best.

Mexico captain Alejandra Isiordia: Our biggest problem today was that our key players didn’t play well. It was the main difference.



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