24. 06. 2018

Ozge Yurtdagulen for WoV - "I think I will make my decision towards Nilufer“

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Ozge Yurtdagulen, the 25-year old middle blocker, is getting ready for the next season in the Turkish volleyball league.

 

Let’s summarize your last season with Nilufer. You ended in the playoff quarterfinals, suffering two defeats against Eczacibasi. What are your impressions?

First of all, I think we built a good team with two good foreign players. And our team atmosphere was really good. During the season we had some ups and downs. We achieved our goal by having a chance to play the playoffs. Our goal was to have a chance for next year to play one Europe cup league. But we lost against Bursa B.Ş.B and we lost that chance. That’s why I am little upset. But in general, for me, it was a really good season as well for the team.“

Before joining Nilufer, you were a member of Vakifbank. How would you describe this season?

It was amazing to be a part of one of the best teams in the world! Although it was amazing to be there, I didn’t have a chance to play so much. The reason I am not staying in Vakıfbank longer is that I am young and I wanna play every game that I can. İt was a really good experience for me. First time in my career, as a team we won champions league and club world championship cup. Also, it was good to work with Giovanni Guidetti. I am so happy that I had a chance to be a part of Vakifbank.“

What are your goals in volleyball?

Of course my goal is to be the best I can in my all career. It doesn’t matter which club or which position I am in, I will always try to do my best.“

Where would you like to play next season?

There are really a lot of good proposals for me. I am evaluating them with my manager Tunc Afsar but I really had good communication with my coach Alper Hamurcu in Nilufer and I felt a lot of confidence with him. Clubs management was professional as well. I think I will make my decision towards Nilufer.“

If you were not a volleyball player, what would you be?

Definitely teacher. Because both of my parents are teachers. And also I like spending time with the kids, I love to play games with them... And I think that I have that passion to teach something to some kid,“ says Ozge Yurtdagulen at the end of the interview.


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