An Jiajie: There were too many ups and downs


Macau, Macau, July 14, 2017 – With rapturous support from the home crowd, China battled to their first win this weekend by overcoming Turkey by three sets to one.

An Jiajie, coach of China: "I am delighted with this win today. With Giovanni (Guidetti) as the new head coach, Turkey have improved tremendously with their tactical play and today they gave us a lot of difficulties especially in blocking and attack. I would like to compliment Li Jing’s attacking play today and also the way that we adjust from yesterday’s loss. However, there were still too many ups and downs throughout the match, especially in the second and the fourth set, and I feel we could improve further with more consistency in our play."

Zhu Ting, captain of China: "We fought hard to win this match, and comparing to yesterday I think we did a better job at executing the key points and controlling our emotion. Turkey gave us a lot of pressure with their blocking and defense and we have enjoyed a good game against them."

Giovanni Guidetti, coach of Turkey: "Congratulations to China, they made fewer mistakes than we did. I am very proud of my team because we made a big step forward today by fighting till the end. We have found a lot of solutions to our game which we did not find yesterday. I am happy that our young team is able to match the level of play of China. It is a pity that we also made many unforced errors but for sure we can take away many positives from this match.”

Fatma Yildirim, captain of Turkey: "The crowd has been amazing and we have always enjoyed our games against China, the reigning Olympic champions. I think as a team we did our best and I feel so proud of my teammates. I am sad that we lost, but also happy to have played such a close game with fighting spirit.”

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