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Great serves and blocks were the key to success - Turkey captain Cagla Akin

 
Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 14, 2017 – Turkey overcame Japan 4-1 (15-12, 15-5, 15-9, 12-15, 15-8) in Thursday’s last Pool B match at the 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Turkey coach Ataman Guneyligil said the Turkish serves were the key factor to win.

Turkey coach Ataman Guneyligil:
“It was a tough but very important match. In our preparations for the match against Japan, we saw some weaknesses in their attack and we worked on that. Our serves were very good and that is why they could not score.”

Turkey captain Cagla Akin:
It was a very important match for us. We won it with great serves and blocks. Tactically we played very well. We are facing Bulgaria tomorrow. We have not watched them yet, but we will have to fight hard.”

Japan coach Kiyoshi Abo: “First of all I would like to congratulate Turkey for their performance today. We were preparing well for this match but we did not have enough strength to win it.”

Japan captain Misaki Yamauchi:J “It’s a disappointment for us because this was a very important match for both teams. The Turkish team was mentally very strong. So were we, but they managed to overcome us. Unfortunately we lost and we are very sad.”

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

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FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017
FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017 - Schedule
FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017 - Teams
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