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GP: Italy secured finals position with win over Turkey

by WoV
source: fivb.org; Photo: fivb.org

World No 4. Italy secured a much-needed win in a thrilling tiebreak match against No. 7 Turkey 3:2 (25:17, 25:18, 17:25, 15:25, 15:12), securing their place in the Finals and ending Turkey’s 2013 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix campaign.

Italy vs. Turkey

Italy vs. Turkey

Sunday’s match was a do-or-die for each team, who needed the win to move onto the finals. Italy, who finished 10th in last year’s World Grand Prix, has secured a spot in the top six teams qualified for the Finals in Sapporo, Japan from August 28 to September 1.

Italy also keeps a perfect World Grand Prix record against last year’s bronze medal winners, Turkey, with two wins in two games. Turkey is the only European team that Italy has met more than once and never lost to; in 2008 Italy defeated their opponents in the World Grand Prix the preliminary round 3-1.

Italy’s Valentina Diouf was the top scorer for her team, with 22 points, while Turkey’s captain Neslihan Darnel lead her team with 17 points.

The give Italy 21 points in the World Grand Prix rankings, while Turkey drops to 19.

To read more about this competition click on World Grand Prix 2013.

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