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Carroll, Smith command Australia's four-set triumph over Turkey

Australia celebrated their 3-1 win over Turkey to complete their Group 2 preliminary round matches in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League
Kunshan, China, June 18, 2017 – Paul Carroll and Luke Smith put their scoring skills on display as Australia overpowered Turkey 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19) to complete their preliminary round matches in Group 2 in the FIVB Volleyball World League at Kunshan Sports Centre on Sunday.

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Australia captain Carroll top scored with 19 points, as Smith helped out with a 15-point contribution. On the Turkish side, Gokhan Gokgoz and Emre Batur scored 14 and 11 points, respectively.

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Australia, as hosts of the Group 2 Finals, are already qualified for the final four in Gold Coast. However, they ensured that they deserved the spot in the semifinals and completed their matches with 16 points.

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Australia and Turkey went neck and neck at the start of the first set, but a service mistake by Gokgoz gave Australia an 8-6 cushion. Turkey then unleashed a string strong attacks and blocks that reversed the trend at 14-12. Australia tied the score at 15-all, then both sides traded points all the way until the score was deadlocked at 24-all. Australia scored two points in a row from attacks that sealed the set at 26-24.

Serhat Coskun’s attack from the left flank opened the second set. A service mistake by Smith facilitated a two-point deficit in favour of Turkey at 8-6. Australia came back at 14-12, forcing Turkey to call a time-out. Turkey got back to tie the score at 14-all, until they made a better run on offence to lead 23-19. Batur earned set point for Turkey with an ace, then Matic finished it off with a powerful spike at 25-20.

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Turkey kept their momentum going in the third set as Baturalp Burak Gungor’s spike led them to gain a two-point advantage. Carroll took charge to bring Australia back in the game at 11-all. Australia gained advantage 14-12, then Carroll, Smith and Max Richards started another run that kept their lead at 23-21. Turkey’s two straight errors gave away the set to Australia 25-21.

Australia scored on successive spikes and blocks that led to their consistent lead over their rivals at 18-15. They widened the gap further until they held Turkey to score only two points, before they closed set and match at 25-19.

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