Turkey coach and players find in teamwork their main strength


Turkey's Yaprak Erkek and libero Simay Kurt team up to dig against China

Rosario, Argentina, August 19, 2017 - After their second win at the competition, all Turkey representatives at the mixed zone chose team spirit as the key feature of their side - coach Sahin Catma and two standout players against China as Yaprak Erkek and Derya Cebecioglu.

Sahin Catma, Turkey coach: “Of course, we are so happy to have won the game. Today we did very well on the basics of volleyball - serve and reception. As I said yesterday, we respect all teams and we should be respected as well. This means we will prepare our next games with the same idea and hope for the best. We are not only the starting six, we are a whole team and every player from the bench is capable of help; we play like that and one can see that on the court.”

Yaprak Erkek, Turkey player: “We did a great job on the court today - we were able to show we are a strong squad. Playing like a team was the key for us at this win. We were excited at the beginning, but as the game went on we relaxed and ended up very well.”

Derya Cebecioglu, Turkey player: “It was an important game for us, we came out to win and we did it. We are aware anyway that this is just the beginning of the tournament; we need to keep working and now we will prepare to face Japan, trying to show once again who we are.”

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Xu Jiande, China coach: “We couldn’t put together a strong team this year, we have many missing players and it’s difficult to play like that against a powerful opponent like Turkey. We need to play lots of matches to gain confidence and play better. Today we were overwhelmed in every aspect of the game.”

Chen Fanglin, China captain: “We did it quite well in the first set, but we had lots of trouble in our reception in the second and third. We felt the pressure and didn’t show the will to win.”


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