FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Japan book spot in the Women’s U23 semifinals

Japan's Yurie Nabeya had 17 points as her team's top scorer in the close victory over Turkey

Tijuana, Mexico, October 9, 2013 – Japan edged Turkey 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 26-24, 16-25, 15-13) to finish Pool A with an undefeated 5-0 win-loss record at the FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship Open. 

It was the third five-set for the Asian team that concluded the preliminary phase of the event with 12 points.

Yurie Nabeya was the top scorer for Japan with 17 points, followed by Sarina Koga with 14. Haruyo Shimamura and Saori Takahashi each contributed 12 tallies.

Gozde Yilmaz of Turkey finished with a match-high 24 points, including four blocks and two aces. Asli Kalac also had four blocks among her total of 19 while Ezgi Guc added 16 points.

Turkey totaled a tournament-high 21 blocks to 9 by Japan but it was not enough as they had to settle for third place in Pool A with a 3-2 mark and 9 points.

Turkey led 8-4 and 16-13 at the technical time-outs.  Japan climbed back steadily to equalize at 21-all with the attack by Saori Takahashi. Turkey reacted with spikes by and Nur Yurtdagulen and Gozde Yilmaz. Shimamura and Guc traded attacks for 24-22. When Shimamura scored again for 24-23, Turkey called for time-out. They won the set 25-23 with a quick attack by Asli Kalac.

Japan’s Fumika Moriya aced with her serve for an 8-6 lead. Two spikes by Yurtdagulen helped Turkey to take an 11-9 advantage. Yurie Nabeya and Shimamura tied it for Japan and Takahashi followed with one ace. Japan was in front 16-12 at the second TTO. At 24-20, Yurtdagulen and Yilmaz blocked Takahashi and Nabeya, but Shimamura closed with a cross court hit from the right side for 25-22.

In the third set, Kalac twice blocked Nabeya helped Turkey to take an 8-4 lead. Japan came back to tie at 10-10 with two aces by setter Kanami Tashiro. Guc parlayed attack and block and Asuka Nomura’s attack sailed long for 14-11 for the Turkish that led 16-12 at the second technical time-out. Turkey expanded the difference to 22-16 but Japan was not about to quit. The Asian side tied at 24-all with Shimamura’s ace.  Then, Cetin Kestrengoz missed with her long attack and Shimamura ace bounced off Guc for the 26-24 set for Japan.

Kalac scored five early points in the fourth set as Turkey built an 8-1 difference. The Turkish were in front 16-9 at the second TTO following the attack by Yilmaz from the back court. They went on to force the tie-breaker by winning the set 25-16.

Turkey led 8-7 when teams traded places but Nomura tied it at 8-8. Nomura served too long for but Hashimoto attacked to equalize again. At 12-all Shimamura blocked Kalac but Yilmaz answered back with a solid spike. An error at the net gave Japan match point and the spike by Yilmaz hit the antenna. Japan won 15-13.

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