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We came through with perseverance: Lang Ping


Post match press conference between China and Bulgaria

 Macau, August 2, 2013 – China came enjoyed a good start in the FIVB World Grand Prix by beating Bulgaria in straight sets (25-13, 26-24, 25-23).

Bulgaria captain Strashimira Filipova: “In the first set, we did not start with enough confidence but in the second and third sets our confidence picked up and we played better. For us, this game was a good experience and we enjoyed it very much.”

Bulgaria coach Marcello Abbondanza: “This is our first match; we were nervous and so didn’t start well in the first set. I am pleased with my team today, we had a good game playing against a very big team and we did not know much about the China team. We showed some good volleyball and with a little more luck and experience, we could have won a set in this game. This is our first experience in the World Grand Prix and in major international competition, so it is an important first step in our growth and development.”

China captain Zhang Lei: “We were well prepared in our match mentality and pre-match preparation and the young players were able to bring out their performances in the match. In the second set, when we were trailing in points, we were able to play with patience and ended with good results. I hope to continue with our performances in the coming matches.”

China coach Lang Ping: “This is our first official match in major international competition with the new line up and in today’s match we adopted a three veterans plus three new players arrangement.  We were not familiar with the Bulgaria game so our approach was to focus on our own game and try to bring our skills into full play. In the second set, we had some problems with our receiving and the Bulgaria team played some high quality serves. The game was tight in the second and third sets – we won by only two points. The team came through with perseverance and it was a good experience for the team.”



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