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Russia rally again to overcome Turkey

The impressive Ekaterina Gamova led the scoring for Russia with 25 points (21 on attack).

Osaka, Japan, October 30, 2010 – Defending champions Russia stormed to a four-set (25-27, 25-22, 25-11, 25-17) victory over Turkey, bouncing back after losing the opening set at Osaka Municipal City Gymnasium.

It was the second day in a row that Russia (2-0) had rallied to win after they beat the Dominican Republic in four sets on Friday in the same fashion. The loss left Turkey's FIVB Women's World Championship Pool D record at 1-1.

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Ekaterina Gamova was particularly impressive for Russia, displaying both power and finesse in her all-around game as she led the scoring with 25 points (21 on attack). Tatiana Kosheleva added 17 points. Neslihan Darnel was the top scorer for Turkey with 25 (20 on attack) but her team's hopes were undermined by their 24 errors to Russia's 17.

Russia's Evgeniya Startseva made a spectacular save in the opening minutes of the match, diving underneath the net and hitting the ball back over to one of her teammates to keep it in play. There were several excellent rallies and Russia led 16-10 entering the Second Technical Timeout (STT).

Turkey took a timeout when trailing 23-17 and responded with eight of the next nine points to move ahead 25-24. The Russians had begun substituting players when in front but Vladimir Kuzyutkin was now forced to backtrack and bring in his top guns as Turkey came back. A serve into the net evened the score at 25-25, but Turkey retook the lead at 26-25 with an impressive block at the net and closed out the set on a spike from Seda Tokatlioglu. Darnel was the Turks' standout player with 10 points in the first set (eight on attack). 

The second set was close throughout, with Russia leading 16-14 at the STT. They moved within two points of victory at 23-21, and although Turkey scored to cut the deficit to a single point, they wrapped up the set 25-23. Kuzyutkin's charges were in control for most of the third set, taking a 16-8 advantage into the STT as Turkey developed problems with their passing. Gamova ended the set with a vicious spike and her team's domination continued in the final set – they were up 16-9 at the STT and did not relinquish their control. Russia will next play Canada on Sunday, while Mehmet Bedestenlioglu's Turkey take on the Dominican Republic.

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