FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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World Champions Italy lose at their debut against a gritty Turkey


Italy Elena Perinelli vs Turkey Ceyda Aktas

Brno, Czech Republic, June 22, 2013 – World Champions Italy made their official debut at the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship on Saturday at Vodova hall, facing Turkey and losing the match 2-3 (25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 26-24, 9-15). Turkey captain Damla Cakiroglu celebrated her 19th birthday in the best way, achieving the second win in a row with her team.

Italy coach Davide Mazzanti trusted his starting six, changing only two players for some rallies. Edman Gökhan only decided for a different starting six in the third set, giving chances to Ezgi Dilik. With the Turkish very reactive in the third and fourth set, Italy had to sweat a lot to get to the fifth, driven by the spikes of Elena Perinelli (20 points at the end) and profiting by some nice attacks. The tie break was led by Italy by 2 points until a 7-all, then Turkey got the lead, with an alternate drop of heavy spikes and tips in  the Italian court, eventually closing the set blocking Anna Nicoletti. Setter Akin Çagla set really fine, having her team-mate Kubra Akman as match best scorer with 23 kills.

 

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