Turkish Assistant Coach Kamil Soz was happy to come through a difficult match. “We brought our young players here because we have the World Championships in the summer,” he said.“It’s important to give the young players experience and we didn’t have much information about British volleyball.”

In the second contest between the two teams it was Turkey who would again take the GB Women. Turkish Star Darnell, although still spectacular was not the only star as she was given great help by Duygu Bal, Nesve Buyukbayram and Polen Uslupehlivan.

Turkey this time won through in straight sets 25-15 25-18 25-20.

Turkish coach Mehmet Bedestenlioglu was happier with the victory than he was with Saturday’s 3-1 win. “On Saturday, it was the first time the team had played together and it was not so good. But these are young players and you maybe expect that of them, ” he said.“It was much better today and the team played well. Neslihan Darnel is an important player for us, not only with her hitting but she influences the young players around her and that is a big thing.”

Great Britain coach Audrey Cooper was disappointed with her team’s failure to build on some promising play in the first match.“I was disappointed with the result and the performance. We didn’t play as well as we did in stages of yesterday’s match.

She continued, “Overall, not a good game for us. Every aspect of our game was below-par, passing, setting, offence, attack efficiency, no area was a highlight for me.

In the Men’s Challenge it was Australia who would run out winners as they overcame Great Britain twice in the weekend. The star for GB was probably Jason Haldane but his efforts were not enough to get a win for the Great Britain Men.




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