Lang Ping was a phenomenal player as she is a coach - Sykora
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 15, 2013 – Former USA international Stacy Sykora says her former coach "Jenny" Lang Ping is the key behind China's renewed success in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix as she looks ahead to week three of the FIVB's premier annual voilleyball tournament for women, which starts on Friday.
“On the defeat of Brazil against Bulgaria last weekend, one factor that Brazil should remember is that the past is the past and it does not matter what they did yesterday, it matters what you do right now. That is what makes a good team, win or lose. They prepare the same and play with the same intensity and fight. Good or bad, it is still the past and cannot be changed. There will be upsets, defeats, victories – but the question is, what will happen tomorrow?
“I think that it is great that China and Japan have remained undefeated. This shows that they are playing as a team and are playing well together. They are very prepared for their competitors and are executing their game plan. I believe that they are successful because the players are all on the same page. They are all mentally and physically prepared. They are playing together as a team and not as individuals.
“For China, Jenny Lang Ping is the key. She was a phenomenal player as she is a coach. She just knows the game. She knows how to play and how to coach as well. She is one of the best. The Chinese team now is very fortunate to have the opportunity to be coached by Jenny. I think that they are a strong team and I am positive that Jenny has a lot to do with the success so far of the Chinese team. I learned many things from Jenny and she is a big reason why we got the silver medal in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
"Jenny taught us how to be a team, how to help one another. She studied each team so well that when we played against them it was like we knew what they were going to do before they did it. We studied the game of volleyball and she was our teacher. A great teacher. We were a physically strong team but she made us a mentally strong team as well.
“I think that it was also a great win for USA against Serbia because they are young and their opponents were undefeated at that time. Any win at this point is crucial for each and every team. I think USA is playing well together and gaining vital experience for their young players. Once again, teams win games, individuals cannot and will not win alone.
“I think all of the pools in the third week are going to
have some great volleyball matches, but since China and Japan are undefeated
and matching up against a few of the top teams, I believe those groups in Sendai and Wuhan are the
two great pools. It will be interesting to see which teams will make it to the