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Turkey snap Brazil’s 18-game winning streak in World Grand Prix

 
Turkey celebrate their big win over Brazil

Tokyo, Japan, August 20, 2014 – Turkey pulled off a thrilling full set upset win over Brazil on the opening day of the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals here Wednesday afternoon.

 

With the 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 15-12 victory, the Turkish women snapped an amazing 18-game winning streak of the defending event champions in the World Grand Prix.

 

Sonsirma Gozde led Turkey with 23 points and Ozsoy Neriman added 21 while Caixeta Tandara was the topscorer for Brazil, the top finishers from the preliminaries with nine straight wins.

 

Also on Wedneday, China beat Belgium 3-1 for their opening victory in the six-team round robin final round while Japan rallied past Russia in four sets to claim their first victory over the Russians in World Grand Prix Finals.

China beat Belgium in World Grand Prix Finals opener

 

The Finals of the FIVB World Grand Prix got under way on Wednesday with China overcoming Belgium 3-1 (25-19, 25-27, 25-18, 25-15) at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo. China took the first set by a large margin, but neither side played great volleyball. After Belgium scored the first point of the match, China picked up the next five, forcing Belgium coach Gert Vande Broek to call a timeout. Helene Rousseaux stopped the rot with a nicely disguised drop shot but China were still four points ahead at the first technical timeout. Liu Xiaotong contributed three kills as China extended their lead to 13-6, when Vande Broek called his second timeout. But a block by Yang Zhou, a crisp spike by China captain Zeng Chunlei and a Belgian error gave China a 10-point lead at the second TTO. More

 

I want our young players to get experience: China coach

The Finals of the FIVB World Grand Prix got under way on Wednesday with China overcoming Belgium 3-1 (25-19, 25-27, 25-18, 25-15) in the first match at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo. China coach Lang Ping was pleased with the result. She said “Today, I think all our team played very well. We didn’t get a lot of practice with today’s starting members so one of our goals was for them to play together. Especially in the second half of the game our players were more focused. For the past three weeks the younger players did not get many chances to play so in the Finals we want them to get experience and build that in their career.” More

 

Turkey stun Brazil with five-set victory in Tokyo

 

Turkey scored a huge 3-2 (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 15-12) win over defending champions Brazil on the opening day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Wednesday. Gozde Sonsirma was the top scorer in the match with 23 points while her teammate Neriman Ozsoy had 21. Brazil’s top scorer was Tandara Caixeta with 20 points. Turkey had 12 service points to Brazil’s one. Brazil only dropped two sets in their nine Preliminary Round matches. More

 

Our defence and serve worked well for us: Barbolini

Turkey scored a huge 3-2 (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 15-12) win over defending champions Brazil on the opening day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Wednesday. Turkey coach Massimo Barbolini said: “I’m really proud of my team because we beat the No. 1 team in the world. Our defence and serve were really good today and we played really hard in the tiebreak. This game was very important experience for us. The good thing was that we continued to play and didn’t give up after losing the third and fourth sets.” More

 

Japan beat Russia 3-1 in World Grand Prix Finals

Japan fought back to overcome European champions Russia 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-17) on Wednesday in the final match on the opening day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. Russia’s Tatiana Kosheleva was the top scorer in the match with 23 points. Japan were led by Saori Kimura with 17. Russia outblocked Japan 14-4; Japan outaced Russia 9-3. Japan have now won 10 of 26 matches against Russia in the World Grand Prix. More

 

Performance Leaders

Top Scoring Performances
41 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Russia (August 10)

41 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)

37 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Japan (August 16)

30 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Serbia (August 17)
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v China (August 15)
29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Thailand (August 1)
28 – Katarzyna Zarolinska of Poland v Peru (August 3)
28 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v Netherlands (August 2)
27 – Katarzyna Zaroslinkska of Poland v Peru (July 27)

27 – Aneta Havlickova of Czech Republic v Croatia (August 16)

Top Blocking Performances
10 – Kubra Akman of Turkey v Germany (August 15)

9 – Foluke Akinradewo of USA v Thailand (August 16)
9 – Veronika Trnkova of Czech Republic v Australia (July 26)
8 – Thaisa Menezes of Brazil v Korea (August 8)
8 – Kataraina Osadchuk of Australia v Kenya (August 3)

8 – Maja Poljak of Croatia v Czech Republic (August 16)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
21 – China v Serbia (August 16)

21 – Turkey v Germany (August 15)
21 – Serbia v Thailand (August 2)
20 – Cuba v Peru (August 9)
20 – China v Thailand (August 8)
19 – USA v Thailand (August 16)

19 – USA v Japan (August 3)
19 – Russia v Japan (August 2)
19 – Czech Republic v Kazakhstan (July 27)

Top Serving Performances
6 – Claudia Lizbeth Resendiz Lopez (Mexico) v Algeria (August 3)

6 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Serbia (August 17)

5 – Elitsa Vasileva (Bulgaria) v Kazakhstan (August 16)

5 – Lora Kitipova (Bulgaria) v Kazakhstan (August 16)
5 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Germany (August 2)
5 – Kim Yeon-Koung (Korea) v Thailand (August 1)
5 – Joanna Wolosz (Poland) v Canada (July 26)

4 – Toksoy Guidetti Bahar (Turkey) v Brazil (August 20)

4 – Frauke Dirickx (Belgium) v The Netherlands (August 16)

4 – Ismailoglu Meliha (Turkey) v Russia (August 16)
4 – Zeng Chunlei (China) v Italy (August 10)
4 – Alexandra Munoz (Peru) v Cuba (August 9)
4 – Mareen Apitz (Gerany) v Serbia (August 8)
4 – Rachel Rourke (Australia) v Croatia (August 2)
4 – Judith Pietersen (Netherlands) v Argentina (August 1)
4 – Kelly Murphy (USA) v Russia (August 1)
4 – Teresa Vanzurova (Czech Republic) v Croatia (July 25)
4 – Andrea Urrutia (Peru) v Canada (July 25)

Top Serving Performances by Team
15 – Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)

14 – Bulgaria v Kazakhstan (August 16)

12 – Turkey v Brazil (August 20)

12 – Korea v Serbia (August 17)

12 – Peru v Canada (July 25)


Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 27 – Katarzyna Zaroslinkska of Poland v Peru (July 27)
Week 2: 29 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Thailand (August 1)
Week 3: 41 – Kim Yeon-Koung of Korea v Russia (August 10)

Week 4: 41 – Lise Van Hecke of Belgium v The Netherlands (August 16)

Week 5: 23Sonsirma Gozde of Turkey v Brazil (August 20)

23Helene Rousseaux of Belgium v China (August 20)

23 - Tatiana Kosheleva of Russia v Japan (August 20)

 

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Croatia v Czech Republic, 30-32 (July 25)
Week 2: Turkey v Japan, 29-27 (August 1); Belgium v Netherlands, 29-27 (August 2); USA v Turkey, 29-27 (August 2); Mexico v Algeria, 29-27 (August 3)
Week 3: Germany v Serbia, 30-28 (August 8); Cuba v Peru, 30-28 (August 9); Cuba v Argentina, 30-28 (August 10)
Week 4: Germany v Turkey, 36-34 (August 15)

Week 5: China v Belgium, 25-27 (August 20)

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Bulgaria v Kenya (July 26) (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 24-26, 15-12) – 220 points
Week 2: Turkey v USA (August 2) (25-21, 27-29, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12) – 220 points; Canada v Argentina (August 2) (23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-13) – 220 points
Week 3: Peru v Cuba (August 9) (27-25, 28-30, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13) – 233 points
Week 4: Serbia v China (August 16) (26-26, 28-26, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15) – 227 points

Week 5: Turkey v Brazil (August 20) (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 15-12) – 208 points

 

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