FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix 2012

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This is a historical day for Turkey team, say coach

Ningbo, China, June 30, 2012 - Rallying past the host China 3-1, Turkey secured a medal of the World Grand Prix Finals on Saturday. Turkey coach Motta Marco Aurelio said highly of team's performance and said that this is the first ever medal won by Turkey and it is a historical day.

China captain Wei Qiuyue: Congratulate to Turkey, we have not met many times recently. I think the match is a good lesson to us. We have chances but can't convert them to the points. Turkey served very well, and our reception was not good enough and lost many chances.

Turkey captain Esra Gumus: We did a good job today and played well, China also played good. They served well and it is hard to stop them in the first set, also in the first set we made some mistakes. In other sets we played well. We are trying to get a medal in this tournament, and this match is important for the future, especially the Olympics.

China coach Yu Juemin: China will be in the same group with Turkey in the London Olympic, so the players played with high morale. But every time we playing with a team like Brazil, Turkey or Thailand, we face great troubles in reception. We are also not strong in attacking and serving. I think there are problems in our training, our players' skills are not as good as those European teams or American teams.

Turkey coach Motta Marco Aurelio:  This is a historical today for Turkey. This is the first medal awarded to turkey team. We have never won a medal in the big international tournament, this is the first time. In the last two years, we played many strong teams in the world, Russia, Brazil, China, Italy, and we have become stronger and stronger. I am happy about our performance today, we started behind, then came up and won, that showed we have capability to play against many strong teams in the world.

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