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Turkey maintain unbeaten record against Argentina


Turkey's top scorer in the competition Seda Tokatlioglu led the way for the favourites with 22 points

Hong Kong, China, August 9, 2013 – World No. 7 Turkey recorded their third win out of four matches in the 2013 World Grand Prix after maintaining their unbeaten record against Argentina with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-14, 34-36, 25-18) Pool I win in the Hong Kong Collesium on Friday.

The favourites were in impressive form with their best scorer in the competition to date Seda Tokatlioglu adding a game high 22 points followed by Polen Uslepehlivan with 18 and Guldeniz Onal Pasaoglu with 16, including four aces. Argentina’s best was Lucia Fresco with 17 points.

The win sees Turkey move to nine points, equal with the four World Grand Prix leaders Japan, China, Serbia and Italy who all have a game in hand while Argentina, ranked 19th in the world, remain with four points with two wins and two defeats.

It was really from the service line where Turkey dominated with a 2013 World Grand Prix team record equalling 12 aces as Argentina struggled with their reception while both teams nearly broke the World Grand Prix record for the highest set score, just falling short of the 38-36 scoreline posted by the Netherlands v Japan in 2010.

The last time the two teams met was in last year’s World Grand Prix Preliminary Round which Turkey won 3-1 in Belgrade and prior to that the only encounter was in the 2003 World Cup when Turkey beat Argentina in straight sets.

Turkey, who in only their second appearance in the World Grand Prix in 2012 finished an impressive third, opened the game with a series of strong spikes and solid blocks, allowing them to take a 6-2 lead. Argentina strived hard to fight back and managed to close the gap to 10-8 however their reception and defensive errors hindered their attacking opportunities. In addition, Turkey’s powerful offensive was headlines by Uslupehlivan and Tokatlioglu who led Turkey to the first set win 25-17.

Argentina, who were coming off two straight wins against Germany and Kazakhstan but have never won three matches in one single edition of the competition (previous best was two wins in 2011), started strongly in the beginning of the second set by deploying their attacks more quickly, which enabled them to establish a three-point lead at 5-2. However, Turkey continued their strong attack and quickly caught up after the first technical timeout. Argentina lost their momentum by making unnecessary errors in attack and receiving, and although Georgina Pinedo and Soledad Rizzo Tatiana were brought on to try to save things, it was to no avail as Turkey were far too good winning the second set 25-14. 

The third set started a lot more closely with both teams showing their attacking power. The see-saw situation continued after the first technical timeout. Both teams were performing well by this stage but it was Argentina who took the lead at the second technical timeout by 16-15, a lead which they managed to extend to 22-18. Turkey coach Massimo Barbolini brought on his big guns in the form of captain Neslihan Darnel and Asuman Karakoyun which had an immediate effect with Turkey winning six of then next eight points to tie the set at 24-24. However Argentina weren’t prepared to lie down. It wasn’t until the World Grand Prix record for a set score was in sight that Argentina finally claimed the set at 36-34 after an attacking error by Turkey.

Barbolini resorted to his familiar lineup in the fourth set and Turkey resumed normal course starting the set strongly with powerful serves, forcing Argentina to call a timeout at 5-1 down. Turkey maintained that lead until the first technical timeout when they were ahead 8-3. By this stage Turkey’s setter Naz Aydemir was on top of her game, demonstrating great organizational skills to control the momentum of the game but it was Argentina’s inconsistent performance in receiving which led to their undoing and ultimately to their defeat as Turkey sealed the last set 25-18.

 


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