Lang Ping manages to put her team on right path


Xu Yunli of China was one of the top offensive performers in victory over Italy

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 8, 2016 – Fixing here and adjusting there, Chinese Lang Ping found the way to put her team on the right track and get a much needed victory against Italy in the second day of the women’s volleyball tournament at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Lang Ping, Coach of China: After a disappointing loss in game one it was good to get this victory. We had to fix some things and adjust others. Our team is very young and the players need to learn from every match. Our pool is very strong and we have to play more consistent.

Marco Bonitta, Coach of Italy: We tried our best in the first two sets, but we didn’t play so good in our reception. They (China) served well, good but not hot. The reception was our problem today.

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Hui Ruoqi, Captain of China: Today’s game is very important for both teams. It was a tough match but I think everyone from our side tried their best and gave their part to win the match. Every match is important for us. Our first match was hard but we changed our tactics and we made sure that we have a winning mindset in this match. We know this is very important for us and we will try to do our best for the rest of the tournament.

Antonella Del Core, Captain of Italy: It’s really hard for us, we didn’t really play well and we had a lot of mistakes on attack and serve. Every time we lose a point, our game goes down. We have to forget about these two losses and try to continue to play better. We have to concentrate more especially on our serve.

Eleonora Lo Bianco, Player of Italy: We couldn’t play the way we wanted to. We did one great thing in one play and then we stop in the next few plays when we commit two or three mistakes in a row. This is a big problem and we can’t continue like this. I think we have not yet established familiarity with each other, so we need more time to work together as a team. Our young players are really good, but they still need more experience.


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