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EuroVolley M: Romania Triumphs Over Türkiye in Thrilling Five-Setter at EuroVolley

by WoV
source: CEV

Romania and Türkiye kicked off the EuroVolley day in Tel Aviv with a heart-stopping five-set match that saw the Romanian team pull off a stunning victory. Coached by Sergiu Stancu, the Romanian players displayed nerves of steel, besting Türkiye, the previous winners of the Challenger Cup. The win marked Romania’s first in Pool D, while Türkiye is still in search of their first victory.

Photo: CEV

An Uneven Start for Both Teams

The Turkish squad began the game without their star player, Adis Lagumdzija, but managed to take an early lead in the first set with a 7-3 score. However, they lost momentum due to poor reception (32% positive reception rate), and a series of self-inflicted errors led to a set loss at 22-25.

Türkiye Finds Its Footing in Set Two

In the second set, Türkiye regained their composure, thanks largely to a fortified blocking game. Six kill blocks were recorded in the set, with four contributed by Bedirhan Bülbül, leading the team to a set win.

Romania Holds Steady for the Win

Entering the match with a set score tied, Romania refused to back down. Even though Türkiye showed improved reception performance (67% positive reception rate), the Romanian team remained consistent at 68%. Two additional kill blocks and successful attacks helped Romania clinch the set under Stancu’s guidance.

A Rollercoaster Fourth Set

Although Romania initially held the lead in the following set, they began to lose focus, making a series of mistakes. Türkiye capitalized on these errors, eventually tying the game and pushing it into a decisive tiebreak set.

The Final Showdown

In the high-stakes fifth set, Romania’s offense took the spotlight, with 13 winning spikes compared to Türkiye’s nine. Alexandru Rata stood out as the match’s top scorer with 29 points. On the Turkish side, Burutay Subasi led with 19 points, followed by Kaan Gurbuz with 18 and Bedirhan Bülbül with 16.

In summary, the match between Romania and Türkiye was a thrilling affair, characterized by ups and downs from both teams. Romania’s first win in Pool D has set the stage for an exciting EuroVolley tournament, while Türkiye will be keen to rectify their mistakes and claim their first victory.

In the second match of Pool D, Greece secured its first win following another dramatic five-set showdown, this time against Portugal. The Greek team emerged victorious with a 3-2 set score, adding another layer of excitement to the ongoing competition.

Pool D

Romania vs. Türkiye 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 25-21, 23-25, 17-15)

Portugal vs. Greece 2-3 (25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 16-25, 12-15)

Standings provided by Sofascore

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