Lang Ping: Osaka is a lucky place for me


China coach Lang Ping

Osaka, Japan, September 29, 2019 – China wrapped up its dominating FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup campaign with its 11th straight win, this time over team Argentina at Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka. With many enthusiastic Chinese fans in attendance, China were in its typical unstoppable form, winning handily 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-12).

China coach Lang Ping: "I don't have much to say at this point. Today we finished up this World Cup competition, so I look forward to giving a good rest to our players. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the organising committee members and the other staff, and I'd like to thank the fans at the venue. We really felt the support and passion they have for volleyball, and so I'd like to thank them again for their support." 

On playing at various locations in Japan, and in Osaka
: "It was in 1981, I believe, I was 21 when I won this competition for first time. It has been 30 years since then, and I'm surprised myself that I'm in this competition right now. So I think Osaka is a lucky place for me." 

On their teamwork: "Our team members are similar in age, and they are always together, together for six months practicing and living together. They are like one family. When someone becomes sick other members care for them. In daily life, spending time together, this family-like atmosphere is generated." 

On how she's feeling now after being rather calm and composed throughout the competition: "Today's match was final match of competition, and also the last of the year --- so now that it's done, I'm very, very relieved." 

China captain Zhu Ting: "I'm very happy that this competition ended completely well."

When asked about her high scoring ratio in this competition: "I suppose I have my own characteristics - I'm tall and blessed with physical capabilities, and I'm glad I could show this."

China player Yuan Xinyue: "I'm happy we won, and I think things went well in this competition all the way to the end."

Do you think you're at your peak, or are there any areas you can still improve: "First I don't think I can ask for more in terms of height. Even though we won today, we still need to summarise and reflect so we can improve in various areas and try to step up our play."

On their precise play: "In our training sessions we keep in mind that we want to reduce mistakes. And although in this competition we didn't lose, but we made mistakes. So when we made mistakes we tried to correct them immediately, so we try to keep that in mind."

China player Yan Ni: "Today we were able to show our strengths, and it was good to win. We fully prepared for this match in advance. And even in this win, we'll look back and find our shortcomings and try to self-correct."

Argentina coach Hernan Ferraro: "This match was our final one in this competition. We did OK up to 17th point of first set, but we lost our momentum after that. We knew China was the best in this competition, and our play wasn't very good. Although we knew China well, we couldn't play too well."

Argentina captain Julieta Constanza Lazcano: "We knew today's match would be very difficult. Of course China is the best team in this competition. We knew they would be difficult, and they were superior in all aspects. But today we could learn a few things, and hopefully if possible we'd like to play them again in the Olympic Games."

On their strengths and areas of improvements from this competition: "In this competition everything was a good experience for us, especially for our younger players - we have one 17 year old, and it's good for her playing against the stronger teams in the world. In this competition here and there we had good moments, and our challenge ahead is how we can keep playing well."

On China's technique versus other teams: "I think compared to other teams, China play very precisely, and that is why i think they finished first in this competition, because of their precision."