FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Turkey score second victory in Pool A


Ceren Kestinregoz (9) led Turkey with 12 points against Argentina

Tijuana, Mexico, October 7, 2013 – Turkey defeated Argentina in straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-19) to capture their second victory in Pool A of the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship on Monday at Baja California High Performance Center.

Turkey improved their win-loss record to 2-1 with five points while Argentina dropped to a 1-2 mark with three points.

Despite giving away 24 points with their unforced errors to 21 by Argentina, Turkey compensated with advantage in blocks (9-3) and in aces (6-4).

Ceren Kestinregoz and Ozge Yurtdagulen were the top offensive producers for Turkey with 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Gozde Yilmaz and Seyma Ercam chipped in with 9 and 8 points. Yurtdagulen totaled four blocks.

Micaela Fabiani and Antonela Fortuna had 8 and 7 points for the defeated side.

Turkey led the first set from start to finish. They led 8-5 at the first technical time-out and expanded the distance to 16-11 when the second stop arrived. Ceren Kestinregoz and Ozge Yurtdagulen were the most prolific contributors for the winners in the first set.

Argentina led 8-3 in the second set but Turkey climbed back to take a 16-13 advantage at the second time-out.  Two aces by Virginia Granado after the spike of Micaela Fabiani tied the score at 16-all. At 20-all, Seyma Ercam and Yurtdagulen combined spike and block. Ercam scored again Cansu Celtin served one ace for match point. Finally, Yurtdagulen blocked Zabala for the 25-20 score.

Once again Argentina had an 8-3 lead but Turkey tied at 14-all with the spike by Kestinregoz. Argentina maintained a 16-15 advantage after the soft spike by Fortuna off the Turkey block. When play resumed, Turkey scored four consecutive points, two by Cetin, for a 19-16 margin. Blocks by Yurtdagulen and Yilmaz expanded the distance and Turkey won the set 25-19 and the match.

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