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Turkey end weekend on a high with win over Germany


It was Turkey's fifth win after two weeks of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix

Ankara, Turkey, August 10, 2014 – Turkey saw off Germany 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20) in the last game of Pool E in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in Ankara on Sunday, notching up their fifth victory of the tournament.

Key points:

• The win means Turkey now have bragging rights in the World Grand Prix over their European rivals with two victories to one

• It also means they sit second in Group 1 just behind leaders Brazil. A better win-ratio means they stay ahead of China

• Turkey’s Neriman Ozsoy topped the scores with 19 points for the hosts. Maren Brinker scored 15 points for Germany.


The game started point-by-point between the two teams but Kubra Akman’s effective serves gave Turkey a 3-0 run and the home side reached the first technical timeout at 8-5. Germany cut the gap to two points at 12-10 but Turkey’s 6-1 streak, on the back of captain Gozde Sonsirma’s spikes and Meliha Ismaioglu’s serves, gave the hosts an 18-11 lead. Turkey surged ahead before scoring four consecutive points to win the set 25-15.

The opening six points of the second were close, but that was as near as the Germans got to their rivals as Turkey dominated from there, taking the lead at 8-6 at the first technical timeout and extending the gap to four points at 14-10. The German block struggled to follow Turkish setter Asuman Karakoyun’s plays as she helped her team maintain a comfortable gap at 21-14. Turkey continued their good performance and won the set 25-19.

Germany stepped up a gear in the third as their defence showed improvement and they took an early lead at 5-2. Captain Margareta Kozuch’s serves caused problems for the Turkish reception and Germany kept that lead at the first technical timeout 8-5. Gozde Sonsirma hit some unstoppable spikes and Turkey gained the lead at 10-8, carrying it into the second timeout 16-15. But Germany adapted once again before Christiane Fürst, who turns out for Turkish club  Eczacibasi, clinched the set 25-21.

Turkey reacted in the fourth and led 8-5 at the first technical timeout. But Germany levelled the game at 10-all thanks to a Fürst block. It was the Turkish block that helped send their side ahead though as Kubra Akman and Meliha Ismailoglu helped them move ahead at 16-12. Neriman Ozsoy’s serves saw the hosts reach 22-14 and despite a late rally from Germany it wasn’t to be as Turkey sent their fans home happy at the end of a breathless weekend of action.


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