We played like a final should be played - Turkey coach Guneyligil


Turkey coach Ataman Guneyligil ecstatic after the gold: "I can't put my feelings into words."

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 17, 2017 - Turkey delivered a brilliant performance in the final of the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship to shut out Slovenia for gold - though even on the other side there was satisfaction for the overall achievement despite the disappointment of the defeat.

Turkey coach, Ataman Guneyligil: "We played the final like a final should be played. In some of rotations we did some mistakes. We recognised them immediately and found the solutions. And then we went ahead playing our game. I can't put my feelings into words, I am so happy. I would like to thank my players and my federation. I am so happy!"

Turkey captain Cagla Akin: "We played with a lot of patience and waited for the opponent to make mistakes. I said before that Turkey was back. We showed this on court today as well. I am really proud of my team, coaches and staff. Thank you so much for making our dreams come true."

Slovenia coach, Alessandro Chiappini: "The biggest problem today was that we left the Turks to play their game. We didn't put any pressure and they started to play better and better. We just couldn't fight the way back. I am still very proud of my girls. This is a great result and it's very important for this team as a push forward to the senior category. If my players will reamin with this spirit, they will become a great team."

Slovenia outside hitter, Lana Scuka: "We really wished to win this match and take a gold. But we were too nervous and the wish was probably to big. We just couldn't play as we usually do. Second place is still great achievement, but right now we are still disappointed."

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

Quick links - Volleyball:
FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017
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