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WGP W: Turkey comes back from one set down to defeat China

by WoV
source: fivb.org

Turkey came back from one set down to defeat World Cup bronze winner China in the World Grand Prix Finals on Saturday night.

Hui-Ruoqi-receives

Hui Ruoqi receives

Strong serving and effective attacking were proved to be the key to the Turkish team’s third victory of the tournament 24-26, 25-22, 25-23 and 25-21 after one hour 39 minutes toil.

The two teams played consistently in the opening set where China maintained an narrow advantage to 5-3. Turkey launched a strong comeback with a 5-0 run to overtake the lead but was smoothed by China shortly afterward with a 4-1 wave.

Tied at 16-all, Dundar Eda Erdem led the Turkish women to a 4-0 run with several precise serves. However, China again showed their consistency, Ma Yunwen contributed a pair of kills to drive the Chinese team to pull it back.

After Erdem leveled it at 24-all with a kill, Turkey could not answer Yang Junjing’s serve and gave China the set at 26-24.

Turkey overcame a slowly start in the second set. A fine spike and a block from Bahar Toksoy helped Turkey pull it back at to 9-9.

Then both teams exchanged leads several times from 9-9 to 21-21 before Erdem‘s kill gave Turkey three set points to 24-21. China saved one but the star player of Turkey Neslihan Darnel came out with a cracking spike to make it 25-22 and pulled one set back.

It was tied at 12-all again in the third set when Neriman Ozsoy scored a pair of points from left side of the net that gave Turkey the momentum to go up 16-13 at the second TTO.

However, the Chinese women recollected themselves after the timeout to start an overwhelming 7-0 run sparkled by Hui Ruoqi, who contributed two smashes and an ace serve of them, and led the game at 21-18.

But Fan Linlin‘s spike was stopped by the defense put up by Bahar Toksoy and Darnel, allowing Turkey tied the game at 22-22.

With China‘s captain Wei Qiuyue‘s serve flied out of the court, Turkey scored three of the next four points to clinch the third set win 25-23.

Inspired by the thrilling win of the third set, the Turkey women continued the momentum to start the fourth set strongly thanks to a couple of smashes of Darnel.

On back of the Darnel‘s dominance over the net, Turkey managed to stay up at 16-13 and resisted China‘s effort to comeback to extend to 20-15.

The Turkey team was able to earn set point with a smash from Ozsoy before the Chinese handed the final victory to them when Fan Linlin served out of the court.

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