Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 18, 2018 – Coaches and captains of hosts Kazakhstan, Australia, and Chinese Taipei talked about their preparations and insights on the AVC Qualification for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace Press Centre on Thursday.

Kazakhstan coach Vyacheslav Shapran said: “We wish to welcome all the teams here in Almaty. We have previously played against Australia and Chinese Taipei. We surely like playing against these teams although it was very difficult to play against them. This is a new competition and we wish the best of luck to the coaches, and the players.”

“Last year, we were able to qualify for the FIVB World Championship. Our main task is to prepare for this Championship, as well as the Asian Games in August. Our road to build a strong team will be prepared well during these next matches,” Shapran added.

Kazakhstan captain Radmila Beresneva said:” Welcome to all teams, we are glad to see all of you here in Almaty. I wish the best of luck and good performance for all the teams.”

Australia coach Shannon Winzer said: “Hopefully we can learn from some of the things we did last year and do even better this year. We would surely like to do our best and hopefully qualify for the FIVB Challenger Cup. It’s about getting better every single year, and this a great test for us this weekend. We’ve been in Poland and Slovenia for the last few weeks, playing against European teams. This is probably one of the best preparations we’ve had. We are feeling confident but we always enjoyed playing against Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei.”

Australia captain Beth Carey said: “It’s good to be back here in Kazakhstan. You’ve always been very good hosts. We look forward some tough games, and we hope to just keep improving our play.”

Chinese Taipei captain Li-Yun Chang said: “We are very pleased to be here in Kazakhstan and we hope that everyone will enjoy the matches.”

The eventual winner will earn the right to compete in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup, joining two CEV teams, one team from NORCECA, and the winning team from a playoff between CAVB and CSV.

Match Schedule

18 May, 2018 / Friday: AUS – TPE at 1400h local

19 May, 2018 / Saturday: KAZ – AUS at 1400h local

20 May, 2018 / Sunday: KAZ – TPE at 1400h local