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'It was an easy game' - Darnel


Turkey's team journalist interviewing with captain Neslihan Darnel

Ankara, Turkey, August 2, 2013 – Algeria’s women fell short to Turkey in their debut FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix match on Friday in Ankara 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-15).

“We played with one of the world’s best teams and the last Grand Prix’s third Turkey in our first match,” Algeria coach Aimad Eddine Saidani said. “It was hard. We didn’t start good but became better in the second set. We have a new team. There are five players in the team that they couldn’t have the chance to prepare together. They weren’t playing in a harmony. I think we are going to be better by playing day-by-day and match-by-match.”

“We were better after the first set,” Algeria captain Mouni Abderrahim said. “We’ll become a good and strong team by playing match by match. We are trying to evaluate our game every other match.”

The match was the first time the two nations have never met each other in an international competition.

“We started the match really good but we lose concentration in the second set,” Turkey coach Massimo Barbolini said. ”We won the second set anyway but we played better in the first and third sets. It was an easy game for us. I think we’ll have different type of matches starting from tomorrow.”

“It was an easy game,” Turkey captain Neslihan Darnel, who was named ‘Best Server’ in the 2012 World Grand Prix, said. “Algeria played good but our levels are different I think. This was a preparation match for us for the other games we are going to play in the Grand Prix.”

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