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Korea top Turkey in five-set classic

Korea held off Turkey in a thrilling five-setter (16-25, 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13) to finish second in Pool D

Osaka, Japan, November 3, 2010 – Korea held off Pool D rivals Turkey in a five-set thriller (16-25, 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13) on the fifth and final day of first-round action at the FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship.

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Wednesday's epic victory at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium improved second-placed Korea's record to 4-1, while Turkey dropped to 3-2 and finished third in the pool as a result of their defeat.

Yeon-Koung Kim was the driving force for Korea with 23 points, ably supported by Youn-Joo Hwang who chipped in with 20. However, it was Neslihan Darnel, starting the match as the leading scorer in the championship, who top-scored both for Turkey and in the game overall with 29 points.

The contest brought together two teams as close as possible in the world rankings, with Korea in 21st place and Turkey 22nd. Appropriately, then, it was nearly impossible to separate them on court. Turkey led 16-10 at the Second Technical Timeout (STT) in the first set and increased that margin to take the spoils at 25-16.

Korea responded in the second set behind the leadership of Kim and evened the match with a 25-21 triumph. Sam-Ryong Park's side subsequently appeared to take control by claiming the third set by the same scoreline. However, the European team fought back in a fourth set that featured some good rallies, with Mehmet Bedestenlioglu's charges showing good combination play to prevail 25-19.

The Koreans then registered the first five points of the final set, and when Hyo-Jin Yang's super serve went for an ace, the Asian side had an 8-2 advantage. Turkey came back with powerful spikes from Darnel, reducing the deficit to 11-7, and then closing the gap at 12-10. Finally, though, they fell 15-13 on a spike by Hwang. 

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