FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix 2012

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Korea show spark but Turkey have the aces in World Grand Prix match in Osaka


Neslihan Darnel led Turkey with 19 points

 Osaka, Japan, June 22, 2012 – Turkey carried an impressive 5-1 record into Friday’s FIVB World Grand Prix match against Korea – who were 1-5 – and the Turks lived up to their record, overcoming Korea 3-1 (25-18, 28-26, 20-25, 25-13) at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium.

Turkey were led by Neslihan Darnel with 19 points, including three blocks. Eda Erdem Dündar pitched in 16, including four of Turkey’s 11 aces in the match. Korea’s Han Song-Yi had 20 points, including three aces and three blocks. Korea’s star attacker Kim Yeon-Koung was rested.

The first set started out tentatively, with Neriman Orzay and Darnel attacking well for Turkey and Han countering for the Koreans, her spike evening things at 8-8. From there, Turkey edged ahead slowly with a tip from captain Esra Gümus putting her side up 17-13. Han tried to keep her attack going but was shut down at the net, with blocks from Darnel and Toksoy closing out the set 25-18. Turkey had six blocks in the set, including three from Darnel.

Korea got some revenge with a block stuff on Darnel to go up 10-9 in the second. But great serving powered Turkey ahead, with Bahar’s second ace pushing them ahead by three and Darnel’s second extending the lead to 15-11. Korea’s Yang Hyo-Jin helped her side back into the set with a great block on Orzoy and Han followed with another on Orzoy to tie it at 18-18. Han followed up with consecutive aces to put Korea ahead 24-21, but Turkey bounced back with four straight points to go ahead 25-21. They fought off four Korea set points in total, taking the set 28-26 on a disputed call.

Turkey carried their momentum into the third, and a hard spike from Darnel put them up 8-5. But Korea were resilient, taking nine of the next 11 points including two straight stuffs on Darnel by Yang to go ahead 14-10. Turkey scrambled back, with another Darnel drive tying the scores at 16-16, but Korea’s Jung Dae-Young brought some energy off the bench with a pair as her team grabbed set point at 24-20. Turkey couldn’t muster a comeback this time as a Jung fired a hot serve that they couldn’t handle to make the score 2-1.

But this would be Turkey’s match. Toksoy sent a message early, knocking over Kim Hee-Jin with a hard spike. The hard luck continued as Toksoy miraculously dug a Kim spike that fell behind the Korean defenders to make it 12-8 for Turkey. Naz Aydemir’s third block – on Han Yoo-Mi – helped Turkey start a streak of nine straight, and outstanding serving by Erdem Dündar helped them close it out 25-13.


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