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Turkey pull off splendid 3-0 win over Czech Republic


Turkey captain Neslihan Darnel played a key role in the first set that gave momentum to her team in the 3-0 upset of Czech Republic

Hong Kong, China, August 10, 2013 – Turkey claimed an impressive victory against Czech Republic in straight sets (25-23, 25-18, 25-15) in Pool I of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix at the Hong Kong Coliseum on Saturday.

The Czech Republic overwhelmed Turkey in the beginning of first set as they led at 5-1, forcing Turkey to call for the first time out. Michaela Mlejnkova delivered bullet spikes down to the Turkish court that facilitated her team to take a lead in the first technical timeout. Turkey gained back their momentum and narrowed the gap and scored on quick attacks. Czech Republic managed to sustain their lead at 16-12. Czech Republic was forcefully challenged by Neslihan Darnel's attacks and concrete blocks that brought Turkey back into the game to claim the 25-23 win.

The second set was very tight as setters Naz Aydemir and Pavla Vincourova orchestrated various attack plays for their respective sides. The see-saw situation continued after the first technical timeout until Czech Republic made several unforced errors that allowed Turkey to take a 19-13 lead. Turkey maintained their consistent performance and took the second set 25-18.

As Turkey played with more confidence, they carried their momentum into the third set with an 8-3 lead in the first technical timeout. Despite the Czech Republic players' attempt to strengthen their attacks, they offered little resistance to their opponents on defence. Turkey managed to pull away 21-12 and eventually sealed the set and match at 25-15 to claim their second victory in Hong Kong.

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