Tijuana, Mexico, July 18, 2009 – Turkey did a quick job against USA winning 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 to take first place of Pool D with a perfect 3-0 win-loss record in the FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship. The contest lasted only 68 minutes and USA dropped its record to 0-3.
Polen Uslupehlivan topped Turkey with 10 points, Gozde Yilmaz added 9 and Busra Cansu, Nesve Buyukbayram and Melis Gurkaynak chipped in 7 apiece for the win. Alexandra Hunt paced USA with 11 points.
Uslupehlivan and Gurkaynak led Turkey to a 25-20 victory in the first set. Uslupehlivan had four kills and one service ace and Gurkaynak produced two aces among her three points. Alexandra Hunt recorded two aces for USA and Sarah Shaw and Hayley Spelman each contributed three points to USA.
Turkey took an 8-5 lead in the second set. Buyukbayram produced two spikes and Yilmaz chipped in one block plus one spike. USA called a time-out when the block by Uslupehlivan elevated the score to 12-7. The second mandatory stop found the Turkish in front 16-12 and the gap increased to 20-15 when Gurkaynak’s touch landed safely. Hunt attacked and served for two American points but then her serve was too long. Yilmaz finished the set with a soft spike for 25-20.
Behind the attacks produced by Buyukbayram, Turkey took the early lead at 8-5. Both teams played evenly toward the second pause with American Shaw and Turkish Durmaz causing most of the damage while Turkey led 16-12. The margin was extended to 19-13 via spike and block by Buyukbayram. Turkey won 25-16 with a bomb by Durmaz closing the action.