Szakmary: We are here to take the gold


Hungary showed a lot of determination in their 3-2 win against France in the Group 3 semifinal of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix

Canberra, Australia, July 22, 2017 – Hungary’s Greta Szakmary scored 29 points in their 3-2 win over France on Saturday and expressed her determination to complete their FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 3 Finals journey with a gold medal.

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Hungary player Greta Szakmary:
“It was very tiring but the team’s energy brought everything together and that really showed in the fifth set. We came here to win and we will do everything in our power to win. We are going to take the gold, that’s what we’re here for.”

Hungary coach Alberto Salamoni:
“It was very difficult match because France played very well. They had balance, good attack and defence, and less mistakes. For us, it was a question of patience. We were probably better in any situation but without patience then it would be very difficult to win. I think we deserved to be first in ranking because we showed our best in the most important moments in this game.”

Hungary captain Zsuzsanna Talas: “It was a really hard game for both teams because we had long travels in the preliminary round and another long one to Australia for the Finals. It was hard to beat France but also ourselves to take this win.”

Hungary player Bernadette Dekany:
“I am really happy for the result. We knew that it would be tough game against France and it would be hard to put the ball down, so we had to try twice or thrice to get the point.”

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France coach Felix Andre: “I am proud of my team. We lost but I am very proud of them. We fought well in this match. Hungary were better today. They played with a lot of confidence in the final moments.”

France captain Juliette Fidon: “We are very disappointed. We played well at certain times but our level just went down. Hungary played really well. They played really well on defence. It was very hard to put down the ball on the floor.”


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