Tijuana, Mexico, July 17, 2009 – Turkey downed Cuba in straight sets for its second victory in Pool D of the Women’s Junior World Championship. The score was 25-16, 25-15, 25-22. Cuba fell to 1-1 win-loss record.
Nesve Buyukbayram charted 17 points to top Turkey and Polen Uslupehlivan and Busra Cansu contributed 14 and 12 points to the triumph. Cuban Yoana Palacios and Wilma Salas tallied 12 and 11 points respectively.
Turkey came out of the blocks at full speed as they led 8-2 in the first set with the solid blocking of Cansu and Gurkaynak. Cuba scored a three-point rally sparked by Palacios’ spikes to narrow the distance to 8-5 but the Turkish recovered aided by Uslupehlivan and Gurkaynak for a commanding 16-7 lead at the second time-out. Cuba cut the lead to 22-16 behind Palacios and Salas but it was too late as Turkey prevailed 25-16 with one ace from Gurkaynak.
Turkey took the lead 8-4 in the second set winning 5 of the last 6 points including three by Buyukbayram with one spike and two blocks. The Turkish expanded the gap to 12-6 behind the offense of Cansu as Cuba continued to have problems with the reception. The Cubans came back inspired by two powerful spikes of Giel closing the gap to 14-11 but Turkey kept the advantage 16-12 at the second stop and finished in high gear with two spikes from Cansu and one ace by Buyukbayram to win it 25-15.
The serves of Silva and the blocking by Giel sent Cuba to an 8-3 lead in the third set. The set remained on the same path as Cuba arrived to the second time-out with a 16-9 advantage. Turkey reacted winning the eight of the next nine points to tie-up at 17-all. Palacios gave back the lead to Cuba but a defensive fault created a new tied score. Palacios hit another bomb but Buyukbayram answered back. Teams exchanged service mistakes and continued leveled. At 21-21, Uslupehlivan hit a spiked followed by two blocks produced by Buyukbayram and Turkey went on to win 25-22.