We organized our offense very well today - Turkey coach Ataman Guneyligil


Turkey coach Ataman Guneyligil sees Turkey's game improving from match to match

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 15, 2017 – Turkey saw off Bulgaria 4-1 (15-9, 15-12, 15-11, 10-15, 15-13) here in Ljubljana on Friday evening, thus advancing to Saturday’s 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship semifinals. “Turkey is back”, said Turkey captain Cagla Akin after the match.

Turkey coach Ataman Guneyligil: “If I sit down, this means that I am trying to relax my team. Sometimes this kind of reaction works well for the team and I am sure it did today. We were receiving very well today, that is why we could organize our offense better than on other days. As we lost the fourth set, we have to wait on the outcome of the last match between Brazil and Cuba. We improve our game from match to match and we intend to show our best in the matches to come as well.”

Turkey captain Cagla Akin: “I am very happy we are through to the semifinals. Congratulations to Bulgaria, they pushed us to our limits. However, today we played our real game. Turkey is back!”

Bulgaria coach Antonina Zetova: “In the first two sets, Turkey served very well. They have a fantastic service. We started playing in the fourth set and this is very late against an opponent such as Turkey. Turkey is a very experienced team, runner-up from the last championships. They wanted badly to win this game. Our girls do not have that kind of experience. Nevertheless, I told them that I am proud of them. We have two wait to see the outcome of the Brazil versus Cuba match to see whether we have qualified for the semi-finals or not. For sure we are very sad.”

Bulgaria captain Gergana Dimitrova:
“We failed to play at the same level as yesterday. We could not find our rhythm. We need more time, more practice and more matches on this level. Today we served poorly and we committed too many mistakes in passing and attacking.”

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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