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Turkey scores first victory ever against Italy in 6 matches played so far

Turkey seized a key victory against Italy in the second round of the Worlds
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 7, 2009. In a tense game – actually full of mistakes, especially in reception for the Italians who had missed the provisional 2:0 – Turkey defeated Italy in four sets (23-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19), thus backing up their ambitions to have a shot at another medal after their compatriots clinched silver at the Worlds two years ago in Mexico.
Most of the Thai audience did not leave the Mall Convention Center after the quick defeat the local heroines suffered against Belgium and that was quite a clever step as the last match on schedule was well worthy of a longer stay in the hall. Italy and Turkey, teams who had finished 3rd and 5th respectively at the last European Championships in Rotterdam, were likely to extend their rivalry here in Thailand vying both for a spot into the semifinals. The Italians – disposing of the tallest line up among the participating teams, with Valentina Diouf towering at 202 cm – appeared very self-confident and well motivated for this key game and their start into the match was pretty impressive, whereas the Turks lacked of consistency and did not keep up with such a good momentum. However, coach Moretti was compelled to ask for a time-out as his girls – this time playing in white and not with the traditional blue jerseys – started being too faulty and Turkey had almost closed up at 20-19. The Turks leveled twice at 20 and 21, but the first set was eventually over as their captain Ceren served out for the final 25-23.
The plot of the story was basically the same also in the second set: a majestic start for the Italians (6-2), with the Turks then coming back strongly – as the reception of the “Azzurre” was getting extremely shaky and poor – who eventually took over the lead with a narrow but extremely important margin at the second technical time-out (16-13). Coach Moretti changed for a couple of rallies both the setter and the opposite but he did not achieve the results he was longing for as Turkey – especially with the contribution of captain Ceren – did not lose the control of the game and moved the score up to 19-13. Middle blocker Giulia Pisani scored an incredibly long rally to keep the Italian hopes alive and with an ace of Marika Bianchini the gap was reduced up to 3 points. The “Azzurre” showed great personality and their struggle was finally over as they leveled at 21. Angela Gabbiadini – who enjoys some additional popularity among the local audience as her mother is Thai – aced for a first set ball but Turkey’s counterattack was more than brilliant and the young “Sultans” made it 1:1 in the set count.
The third and fourth set passed away relatively quickly with Turkey leading all the way through and the Italians playing horribly in reception and that paved a golden way for their opponents who kept their nerves under control and were happy to celebrate their revenge after the European Championships. 
 
  

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