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Poland win but Turkey progress too

Poland's victory meant both sides advanced from Pool E on points ratio

Tokyo, Japan, November 10, 2010 – Poland overcame Turkey 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 27-25, 25-22) in a tight FIVB Women’s World Championship Japan 2010 second-round match at the Yoyogi Gymnasium – a result that left both sides with an identical 3-4 record and confirmed their progress to the semifinals on points ratio difference.

Poland will participate in the semifinals for 9-12 and Turkey in the 5-8 semifinals. The Poles' victory also ensured Korea’s exit from the tournament as they finished in seventh spot in Pool E, also on points ratio. Turkey's Neslihan Darnel top-scored in the match with 25 points while Anna Werblinska collected 22 for a Poland side who reversed their 3-1 loss to Turkey in the World Championship qualifiers a year ago.

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Two spiking errors by Katarzyna Gajgal allowed Turkey to take a narrow lead early in the first set, but Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale landed two trademark bullets to level the scores. The two teams were all-square at 10-each after a blast by Werblinska, but a spike by Esra Gumus and two Polish errors prompted Poland coach Jerzy Matlak to call a timeout with his side trailing 13-10.

Werblinska helped Poland draw level with a service bomb before Turkey moved four points ahead after good offensive work by Bahar Toksoy and Neriman Ozsoy. Matlak called his second timeout, however, and Poland started to turn things around after a wide spike by Darnel and two big hits by Glinka-Mogentale. Although Turkey moved ahead again, Werblinska came up with two great spikes and Aleksandra Jagielo produced a service ace. She netted her next serve to level the scores at 23 but Gajgal then spiked Poland to set-point and Werblinska delivered another blistering serve to put her side 1-0 in front.

After great work by Joanna Kaczor had spurred Poland to a 4-1 lead, the Turks clawed their way back into the second set and were level at 6-6. Kaczor kept spurring Poland on but they were undone by several errors and the scores were level again at 12-12. Turkey led by two points at the Second Technical Timeout (STT) after a crisp line drive by Eda Erdem and a fabulous block by the same player on Werblinska, but the contest remained tight and a great block by Gajgal on Ozsoy brought set-point for the Poles. Werblinska netted her serve, however, and when Poland failed to return the ball on the next point, it was set-point to Turkey. Erdem's serve was too much for the opposition and Mehmet Bedestenlioglu’s side were back level.

Errors kept the scores close at the start of the third set, but a netted serve by Kaczor started a Turkey run that included a great block by Gumus on Kaczor and two impressive service aces by Darnel. Kaczor stopped the rot temporarily with a big spike at 11-5, but the Turks then moved 15-7 in front. They were still five points ahead at the STT before Poland began a fightback, reducing the deficit to just one at 21-20. A Polish error and a terrific block by Gumus on Katarzyna Zarolinska gave the Turks some breathing space, and a long spike by Werblinska handed them set-point at 24-22. But the Poles fought back and, with the help of two Turkish errors, earned a set-point at 26-25. Werblinska delivered a mild serve but Turkey failed to get the ball back, putting Poland 2-1 up in the match.

The contest stayed tight at the start of the fourth set, but Poland pulled away from 6-6 to 11-7, with good work from Glinka-Mogentale and Agnieszka Bednarek-Kasza. A timeout brought some stability to the Turkey team and two Darnel spikes helped narrow the gap to two points at 13-11, when Matlak called a timeout for Poland. Poland edged ahead again and a big hit by Berenika Okuniewska gave the Poles a four-point lead at the STT. Turkey edged back to 22-21, but could not sustain their challenge. A wide spike by Darnel brought up match point and Werblinska sealed the win with a spike.

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