Nanjing, China, June 27, 2018 - Coach Karch Kiraly led a USA team that came back to win in the decider 3-2 (17-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-11) against Turkey in Wednesday’s opening match of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Women’s Finals at Nanjing Olympic Centre.
Kiraly said: “Congratulations to Turkey, they have a great coach, with a really strong 2018 season. They came out fighting at a very high level and we really had difficulty finding answers or solutions to some of the problems they were creating for us. I am proud of our team’s response. It was never easy but sometimes, things are very difficult for the whole match. We kept fighting for every single point. That is one thing we can take away from this match.”
USA captain Jordan Larson said: “It was a great match. Obviously, Turkey is a very strong team, but I am proud of our team for coming back. There are definitely some chances for us to play better. It’s back to work for us, we have a day to regroup.”
Turkey coach Giovanni Guidetti said: “USA showed a great level of play in the fourth and fifth sets. I am very happy with the way we played for the first two sets. I think these are probably the best two sets of our play here in VNL, with very few mistakes and great performance in every aspect of the game. With the first set, I think the United States were not playing as amazing and we gave them nine unforced errors, which are just too much for a team like them. When they came back in the match, they showed their great volleyball, which for us, basically, gave no chance after. But I think these two sets prove our good level of play and we are looking forward to the match tomorrow, where a victory can help us qualify.”
Turkey captain Eda Erdem Dundar said: “USA is a very good and much more experienced team and we could not keep our rhythm in the game. We should focus on tomorrow’s match against Serbia because if we win, I believe that we can still qualify for the finals. We should keep our focus and our rhythm, just like how we played in the first two sets. Then we had many unforced errors and our level started to go down. I hope we pick ourselves up for tomorrow.”