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France disappoint the crowd in Ankara with straight sets against Turkey


France rejoice victorious after surviving three set points for Turkey

Ankara, Turkey, August 30, 2013 – France completed the final four line-up of the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara. The French disappointed the home crowd at Baskent Volleyball Hall by shutting out the local heroes Turkey by 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 27-25) and claiming the last vacant spot in Saturday’s semifinals.

 

Turkey rushed off to 4-0 and 8-2 leads in the first set, but France quickly caught up at 11-11.  The score stayed level through the 19th point, but then France’s excellent blocking continued to shine and made the difference in this set – 25-21.  France started strong and finished strong in the second set.  After the second technical time-out Turkey scored four points in a row to level the score and even took the lead, but could not hold on to it.  The home guys made far too many mistakes and France did not forgive them for that – 25-22.  The third set was by far the most interesting one.  Inspired by the enthusiastic crowd at Baskent Volleyball Hall and facing a last chance to make their way to the semifinals, Turkey stepped up to the challenge.  The fierce battle on the court led the local heroes to a 24-22 advantage.  However, cold-blooded France survived three set points to emerge victorious at 27-25.

 

Thibault Rossard’s attacks were responsible for two of France’s last three points in the match and also for his emergence as the best scorer of the match with 15 points.  Turkey’s top scorer Gokhan Gokgoz finished with one fewer – 14.

 

 

 

 

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