Cansin Ogbai Enaboifo of Turkey (left) in a blocking attempt against Canada.
Tijuana, Mexico, September 11, 2015 - The coach of Turkey, Baris Ozdemir remarked that their serving game was very important in order to get the first win of the tournament.
Turkey won 3-1 against Canada (17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19) at the Baja California High Performance Centre.
“It was a long match and too hot”, said Ozdemir. “We expected the first set would be more balanced. We analyzed the tactic of our opponent. We had some trouble with the reception, but in the rest of the sets we corrected our mistakes to play a really good to win.”
Good services were also a key combination. “Thanks to that we could make it today and it was very easy to block more”, meanwhile the Turkish captain Vahit Emre Savas said that they tried to get used as the match went on.
“First set was like a training set for us. We tried to get used to the hall and the hot weather,” he stated. “We completed this match fortunately and now we have the concentrate in Mexico, our next rival, and we appreciate the support of fans.”
On the Canadian side of the net, coach John Barrett “It was a long match and we did not play very well. The first set went our way. We played very ok, good enough to win, but our play dropped off dramatically in serving and serve receive,” he stated.
“It is very difficult to play good volleyball without good first touches,” Barrett added. “Turkey played a very good match, congratulations to the Turkish team. They played very well”.
“We could not keep the same energy level we had on the first set and. Like my coach said on serving and receiving we went down. We did really have a good chance to compete, but Turkey played hard the rest of the sets, but in our next game we look forward to clarify those things.”