“We did a great job”, smiles Turkey’s Derya Cebecioglu


Derya Cebecioglu joins her teammates as Turkey made it through against Colombia

Rosario, Argentina, August 23, 2017 - Despite the final improvement of Colombia, Turkey’s Derya Cebecioglu stressed the team played well overall and just had some low moments that enabled the reaction of their rivals.

Derya Cebecioglu, Turkey player: “It was an important game for us and I feel we did a great job. We did what we expected to and that made the game to finish our way. They were not better than us during the game, but at some point we made some simple mistakes and allowed them to get closer to us.”

Sahin Catma, Turkey coach: “We knew in advance that Colombia will have a disadvantage when receiving, so we focused on that and the first two sets were about receiving well and attacking for us; we did that and created a difference. It could have been a big challenge for us if they received well, because they have good attackers and maybe we couldn’t stop them. We have very talented players, in the European Championship we didn’t finish at a great position but that doesn’t mean we can’t play well. We did and today was a great day for us. ”

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Darlevis Mosquera, Colombia player: “It was a hard match and we came here to give everything; the team didn't behave like Colombia, but we did what we could. In the end of the match we started to play better, but they are a stronger and more experienced team. Now we aim to finish in the 9th position, which was one of the objectives when we got here.”

Antonio Rizola, Colombia coach: “The squad is not used to these matches, to having to face a team like Turkey playing for eight places in the final standing. I tried everything, but the girls were very nervous. But it’s normal - this is a stage of their growing process. Turkey have been working for over 30 years on the buildup of female volleyball, investing and playing a lot. This Turkish team has been preparing for this competition for over four years.”


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