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Turkey comes from behind to defeat Peru in great five setter

Turkish captain Kestirengoz spiking through the Peruvian block
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 5, 2009. In a much awaited game likely to define the final standings of Pool B, Turkey came from behind to score a 3:2 victory against the Peruvians (21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12).
Peru opened - mainly in order to live televise the match in Lima and avoid the troubles deriving from the different time zones – also the third competition day in the main hall located within the huge Mall Convention Center here in Nakhon Ratchasima, longing for the third victory in a row and also for the final leadership in Pool B. Turkey was also quite in a good mood, after having defeated China for the first time ever in three straight sets, and so the audience – including the loud Peruvian fans – was eagerly waiting for a high-class match. Turkey enjoyed a better start and led the way up to the second technical time-out; having gained in consistency – as it happened yesterday against Tunisia, it seems that the South Americans need at least half a set to really get into the match – Peru leveled at 16 and then notched a small margin that was eventually maintained until the end of the set (25-21).
Korean legend Man Bok Park – who is serving here as assistant coach and is internationally known as the man who “invented” volleyball in Peru – was certainly pleased to see these young girls having full control of the game also in the second set. Clarivet Yllescas scored two aces in a row for the provisional 11-7in the scoreboard, with the choirs “Arriba Peru!” and “Vamos chicas” getting louder and louder. Turkey performed quite poorly in reception so that most of the counterattacks were quite predictable for the Peruvian block; in order to stop that marvelous run of the South Americans, coach Yengil tried out some substitutions, but the overall performance of the Turks was significantly hampered by a flurry of unforced errors (16-11). The final section of the set was full of tension: Peru was pretty close to score the provisional 2-0, but Turkey’s captain Kestirengoz did not agree with that scenario and leveled the count at 23. The Turks blocked out for the first Peruvian set ball and quite unexpectedly Kestirengoz failed a tricky lob to fire up the South American party on the stands.
Peru was a bit more relaxed in the third set – the reception was especially less solid and consistent than at the beginning of the game - and Turkey promptly profited of that chance, with its captain setting the tone especially in attack and well motivating her mates as they were striving for their best. Turkey sailed away in the mid of the set and in spite of a late comeback of the Peruvians clinched the set at 25-20 with a mighty double block.   
The fourth set was definitely very tight, with teams battling point for point and not being able to clinch a reassuring margin, at least up to the second technical break (16-15 for Peru). Both had some ups and downs, but all in all the level of the game was extremely pleasant. The decisive break for Turkey came right after the break: Peruvian setter Gonzales did not vary enough the offensive solutions of her team and so the Turkish block was regularly well placed to stop Uribe, Baella & Co. On the other side, captain Kestirengoz made the difference with a couple of powerful diagonal spikes and the way for the tie-break was finally set (25-23).
In the opening of the tie-break both teams stayed well tuned; however, Peru once again faced some troubles descending from its limited range of combinations in attack and Turkey clinched an extremely important mini-break as teams changed sides (8-6). The Peruvians looked a bit tired, but still coach Artieda did not opt for any substitution while Turkey quickly sailed away on the wings of enthusiasm. It took three match balls but finally the Turks were able to celebrate their final lead in Pool B. 
 
  

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