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Turkey's captain: 'it was certainly a tough match'


China player Zhang Lei: “We are happy with our performance. The team fought till the last minute."

Hong Kong, China, August 11, 2013 – After a tiebreak game Sunday, the coaches and captains from China and Turkey sat down to discuss the match, in which China emerged victorious and undefeated in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, ending Turkey’s winning streak 3-2 (19-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-15, 15-10).

China coach Lang Ping: “We came fully prepared – Turkey is an all-rounded team. Under the guidance of versatile Coach Barbolini, it is hard to find flaws in the team’s diversified play. Their serves and attacks was also one of our team’s biggest challenges. We need to adapt to changes in court, young players need to adjust to ups and downs during competition. We need to reflect on our error in serving and reception. We lost 22 points while the opponent team only made 10 faulty moves. A big thank-you to the official organizer who did a great job in hosting the event. Thanks also to the reporters and fans in Hong Kong for their great support.”

China player Zhang Lei: “We are happy with our performance. The team fought till the last minute. Indeed a valuable game because our players were able to learn a lot from the Turkey team and improve from mistake

Turkey coach Massimo Barbolini: “Good evening, congratulations to the China team and they deserved to win. It is always good to play in Hong Kong. It is our third time playing against China and always come close to tiebreaks. It is very important to play against strong teams so we can raise out team to a higher level. Next weekend in Japan will be another series of five tough matches for both coaches and players.”

Turkey captain Neslihan Darnel: “Congratulations to China team, it was certainly a tough match. We have to learn from mistakes and improve ourselves. China team had good team spirit, our easy mistake in attacks led to our losing the last set.”

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