Main purpose of the day fulfilled for Russia, says Shemanova


Russian girls are full of joy as they reached the medal despite the "perfect" third set of Turkey

Rosario, Argentina, August 27, 2017 - Taking a break on the bronze medal celebrations, Russian player Polina Shemanova and coach Alexander Karikov expressed their feelings and also pointed out their blocks were the main tool for the win. 

Polina Shemanova, Russia player: “We did all we can; this was the main purpose of the day and we are really happy. Our good services and blocks gave us the win. In the third set they played perfect with the service and put us in problems, but we managed to win and that's the most important thing.”

Alexander Karikov, Russia coach: “I very much wanted to play the final, but the balance is really positive; we only lost one game, but this is sport. I still don't know what happened to the girls yesterday; we have lots of good players and there are lots of fantastic players in the tournament. Today, we could manage to control their attacks with our block, and that's why we won.”

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Yaprak Erkek, Turkey player: “From the beginning of the tournament we did many things well, we improved a lot, but the last two games we simply couldn’t do our best. We couldn’t accomplish the target we wanted to, but I congratulate my teammates because we tried. Today we couldn’t do what we expected and what we prepared for, therefore they were better than us and won the game.”

Sahin Catma, Turkey coach: “We played really bad, both yesterday and today. We didn’t deserve to win the semifinals nor this medal match. The main key to the result was how we played, but they also were more concentrated than us and better in attack. Until yesterday, everything was perfect, but these last days we couldn't do the things we were better at.”


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