We adapted to Colombia’s style of play – Hong Sungjin


Suwon, Korea, July 22, 2017 – Korea coach Hong Sungjin said that they had difficulty adapting to Colombia’s style of play, but when they did, they were able to complete their straight-set win over Colombia in Group 2 of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.

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Korea coach Hong Sungjin:
“It was our first time to play against Colombia. I feel that this team would grow into a great one because the players all had power although they lacked experience because of their age. I think our players played very well today. In the third set, we already adapted to Colombia’s style of play and we were able to continue with our own style.”

Korea captain Kim Yeon-Koung: “We were nervous at first because this would secure our spot in the Final Four if we win this match. It was our first time to play against Colombia and we had difficulty adapting to their style of play. We put in our best effort and I think that was how we won the match today. I look forward to competing in the World Grand Prix Group 2 Finals and win the competition. I think our strong point is our serve and we will try to focus on winning through successful serves.”

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Colombia coach Antonio Rizola: “The lack of experience of our players was the key reason why we lost.”

Colombia captain Maria Alejandra Marin: “We knew from the beginning that Korea are a strong team and that we had to focus against them. I am glad that we had focus and worked hard in some parts of the match. However, we had a difficult time to focus at the end of each set. We committed many mistakes and it made it harder for us to actually win the sets.”


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