We will take the gold, I'm sure - Turkey captain Akin


Turkey's captain Cagla Akin sets the ball in the semifinal against the Dominican Republic in Ljubljana.

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 16, 2017 - Turkey turned their semifinal around at the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship here on Saturday and are now looking ahead to Sunday's final with optimism.

Turkey captain, Cagla Akin: "We are all so happy. We fought really, really hard for this win. Now we have one more match in front of us, one final. We will fight even more and we will take this World Championship. I am sure of that!"

Turkey coach, Ataman Guneyligil: "We did so many unforced mistakes in the first four sets. We didn't defend well, especially the tipping actions of the Dominicans, we also didn't serve well. In the next three sets we raised the level of our game and that was the reason for our win."

Dominican Republic coach, Wagner Pacheco: "The injury of our player [Madeline Guillen] changed the course of match a lot, but it was not the only reason we lost today. We have a young team. They played above their capabilities today. They fought hard and I don't have anything to say to them. I am happy with what we showed so far."

Dominican Republic captain, Yokaty Perez: "We had the match already in our hands but then we made mistakes that cost us the victory and we were also left without a key player. In the second part of the match we concentrated more on our injured teammate and lost control of the match."

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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