FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Victory is a confidence builder for Turkey team


It was a well deserved victory for the battling Turkey team that erased a 0-2 deficit to claim the victory over Italy

Tijuana, Mexico, October 5, 2013 – The come from behind victory over a more experienced Italy will spark the confidence of Turkey players, according to the coach Mehmed Bedestenlioglu.

Gozde Yilmaz, Captain of Turkey: Italy led for most of the game but we were able to come back steadily. It was a very tough match and I hope we can continue playing like this.

Alessia Gennari, Captain of Italy: It is the first match of the tournament and we were in trouble at the beginning. We should do better when we were leading. I think we will learn from this match.

Mehmet Bedestenlioglu, Coach of Turkey: Our team is younger than Italy. I have only one player born in 1991 and that is our captain. The rest are very young. It is a big victory that will be a booster of their confidence. We had problems with our reception but I am happy with the result. It was a good victory for us.

Luca Cristofani, Coach of Italy: We couldn’t close the sets when we needed and the score was in our favor. The sport is that way, you have to win or the opponent will take advantage of that. We played good for moments but made many mistakes also.

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