FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Japan neutralize powerful Turkey

Japan's Haruyo Shimamura contributed a dozen points to the victory over Turkey

Tijuana, Mexico, October 9, 2013 – Japan found the solution to neutralize the serves and heavy spikes of Turkey to win another five-setter with the contributions from all the players in the team, according to Coach Shigekazu Okubo.

Kanami Tashiro, Captain of Japan: The serves and high attack of Turkey really caused us many difficulties. Then we started to receive better and did better with our attacks. That’s why we could win this close match.

Gozde Yilmaz, Captain of Turkey: They played outstanding and we were close to winning the second and third set but couldn’t close them. We tried our best until the end and we are sorry about not making the semifinals. It was fun and exciting playing against Japan. Congratulations.

Shigekazu Okubo, coach of Japan: I really don’t understand what happened. Our young players made a miracle. That means we are a team of 12 players. We prepared for this match against the serves and spikes of Turkey.

Mehmet Bedestenlioglu, coach of Turkey: Our team was afraid in the second and third set because they don’t have many chances of playing internationally. In two years they will be ready. We played great in the fourth set when the match was decided. 

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