Short characterization TURKEY




RANKING  2001-2011



WCH 2001



AKIN Cagla



WCH 2003






WCH 2005






WCH 2007






WCH 2009






WCH 2011



BAGCI Dilara (L)


General remarks

The youth team of Turkey did not only win the European Championship in 2011, it was also the dominating team the world title the same year (7 wins, 1 loss, 22:5 sets). The young players impressed with its homogenous team performance which was based on an excellent individual state of performance and development of all players (10 rankings in the TOP 10 skill rankings) and a stable first line-up. The girls played highly motivated and with great excitement, but also surprisingly serene. Even in critical match situations and under the high pressure of expectations of the home crowd were the dominating team with its dynamic-offensive match style. This title completes the actual list of successes of Turkish female volleyball (WCH 2010: 6. / ECH 2011: 3.). In an impressing manner it proves the well planned and continuous developmental process towards the international top.



The players apply an effective mixture of jump and standing float services. The standing floats are performed powerful and with differentiated tactical goals from differing positions and with a distance of 2-3 m to the back line.  

Four players of the first line-up performed very efficient jump floats (54 asses / 16% +), among them three hard distance jump floats with a low trajectory of the ball. Worth mentioning is the preceding bouncing of the ball, the floating transfer to the service action with 2-3 quick steps while keeping the running speed during the jump-off. The same applies to the hard and the well directed hitting action. .

Consequently the team ranks 1st (88 asses / 14%) overall and two players rank 1st and 3rd in the individual ranking (No. 1 and No. 3). 37 asses / 21% and 12 % misses give proof of the extraordinary and superior service performance of the team (3, 3 points per set).



The performance of the Turkish team in the defense was stable (second in the team ranking: 41% exc. / 10 faults). The reception formation was very flexibly adapted to the match situation between 3-player-formation resp. 2+1-players-formation an as an alternative the 2+2-players-formation primarily to defend jump floats and distance floats. The initial position of the defending formation situation tends to be far forward.  For the precision and stability of the receiving actions the extraordinary libero is of utmost importance (rank 1 individually 54% exc. / 8% faults) According to the situation in the match she covers greater areas and offers the strong left side. She moves very well behind the ball and masters the lateral reception techniques to the left and to the right very well. There were only rare cases of overhand receptions. Slight problems could be detected in the balance of intersection points between action ranges and when defending jump power services.


Set / Attack (Complex I and Complex II)

With the second team rank for the setting performance and rank 3 of the first line-up setter the teams has extraordinary presuppositions for an efficient attack preparation in CI and CII. The setter of the first line-up showed an impressive performance with her dynamic movement play and her flexibly setting techniques – even in psychological pressure situations. This finds an expression in a smart distribution of the settings and the individual adaptation of the setting action to her attack players. Passing speed and height enable the spikers to perform and terminate variable and efficient attacks.    

The clever application of the underhand set belongs as a basic technique to the technical repertoire of all players.  

Complex I: The Turkish attack play is characterized by a well balanced distribution of passes and the effective incorporation of all attack players. The offensive play of the quick attackers with efficient attacks by No. 3 and No. 6 behind the setter is the central element of the successful side-out attacks. But, as an alternative, all players on the side-out positions can successfully terminate and score with powerful attacks (line and diagonal direction) and to apply variable hits according to the tactical concept.

Complex II: There were only rare examples for back-court attacks which could be considered „emergency“ solutions. They were not integrated into quick attacking combinations. Following successful actions in defense and coverage outside position attacks are dominating, in case of longer rallies with variable pass distribution on pos. 4/2. Certainly still caused by the age of the players and their state of technical development (U 18) overhand and underarm set is not yet performed on an optimum level (with regard to precision and trajectory). That still limits the attack options available. In case of free-balls the team strives to terminate the attack with 1st tempo attacks.


Block / Defense

Even though the Turkish team did not manage to reach top rankings in blocking and field defense its performances nevertheless could match with the other teams (with a percentage of 30% the most block kills, middle blocker No. 3 ranked 4th individually).

The effective movements close to the net to the left and the right direction (turn and run-technique), the active inclusion of the arms and hands above the net as well as the consequent return of the middle blocker to her starting position (in the middle of the net) following a block on the outside positions prove the good understanding of blocking actions.  The precise adaption of the outside players’ positions, their offensive blocking technique (reach over, arm position inside) and the conscious application of scouting information also need to be stressed.


In the basic structure of field defense the team plays with No. 6 back (starting position tends to be in the midfield) and with the back-court players on pos. 1/5 being responsible for close block coverage. Now and then the player without ordinary coverage tasks supports them.  Depending on the situation on the court the team plays with or without close coverage and with a reinforced diagonal defense (double defense). The libero (ranking 4th individually) permanently keeps her position 5 and moves very well with quick reaction time forward/forward inside to reinforce blocking actions (P4/P3).