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Turkey's captain: 'We concentrated on the game more than Thailand'


Massimo Barbolini in front of the mixed zone after the match.

Ankara, Turkey, August 3, 2013 –  Turkey beat Thailand in straight sets (25-23, 26-24, 25-22) in the second match of the second day in the first week of 2013 World Grand Prix.

Massimo Barbolini, Turkey’s Head Coach: “My team played good today. It was a hard game. It is hard to play good against teams like Thailand because they have good tactics and make good defence. We are going to face Japan tomorrow. We made some mistakes in the first set of Thailand match but we shouldn’t do them tomorrow against Japan. Japan is a faster team and makes good defence. It is very important for us to win tomorrow.”

Neslihan Darnel, Turkey’s Captain: “Thailand is a good team that plays fast and with combinations. We concentrated on the game more than Thailand and stopped their attacks. We are going to play against Japan tomorrow; they play faster than Thailand. We need to be prepared.”

Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai, Thailand’s Head Coach: “ I want to thank to our supporters who took their place in Baskent Volleyball Hall today. And I also want to thank Turkish supporters who have a good hospitality. This was an important match for both of the two teams. The reason we lost the match is our own mistakes. Turkey was a strong team. They were good at attacks and service. I congratulate them, now we are waiting for to face Algeria.” 

Wilavan Apinyapong, Thailand’s Captain: “Actually I think we played better than yesterday’s game. The important thing is to win the match but we couldn’t. We did our best, but Turkey is a very strong team. Now, we need to win the match we are going to play tomorrow.” 

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