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Turkey through to semifinal spot with Bulgaria win

Turkey celebrate their spot in the semis after a well-deserved 4-1 win versus Bulgaria
Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 15, 2017 – 2015 runner-up Turkey handed Bulgaria their first defeat at the 2017 FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship 4-1 (15-9, 15-12, 15-11, 10-15, 15-13) here in Ljubljana on Friday evening, thus advancing to Saturday’s semifinals. Bulgaria’s destiny – on the other hand – lies in the hands of Brazil and Cuba who will meet Friday night in the last encounter of Pool B.

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

Turkey (12 points) shot ahead of Bulgaria (11) in the rankings of Pool B while reigning champions Brazil (9) can follow suit by defeating Cuba in Friday’s last duel here in Pool B.

Turkey’s outside hitter Hande Baladin and opposite Ebrar Karakurt scored 16 kills apiece for the winning side while Silvana Chausheva was the top scorer for Bulgaria with 12 points, including four blocks.

Turkey's Saliha Sahin spikes against Bulgaria's blockers Mariya Dancheva and Silvana Chauseva

Karakurt (nine points) and Hande Baladin (5) teamed up to lead Turkey to an impressive 15-9 and 15-12 lead after two sets. Turkey had the edge 15-8 in attacks and 2-0 in aces.

Bulgaria slowly but steadily found their rhythm in the beginning of the third set. However, it was not good enough. The Turkish players showed great fighting spirit to finish the third set 15-11 in their favour as well.

Bulgaria bounced back strongly in the fourth set (15-10) and pushed hard to continue their run in the fifth, but eventually could not prevent their opponents from securing their semifinal ticket here in Pool B in Ljubljana.

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