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Two sets are enough for Turkey to win first European League title

The players of Turkey's national team celebrate their victory in the finals of the 2014 CEV Volleyball European League
Rüsselsheim, Germany, July 19, 2014 - Turkey needed only two sets to seize the crown of the 2014 CEV Volleyball European League – Women on Saturday. After claiming the first leg of the final match with Germany last Wednesday in Bursa by 3-1, the young players around coach Ferhat Akbas could start their party after winning the first and second sets of the return game played on Saturday in Rüsselsheim.

At this stage, Germany’s hopes to go for a golden set had vanished and even though the home heroines won the third set, Turkey finished their job with a well-deserved 3-1 victory (25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20). This is Turkey’s first European League crown after they had won silver in 2009 and 2011 as well as bronze medal in the 2010 edition. This way Turkey confirmed a spot in the 2015 edition of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix.

The 3-1 victory claimed last Wednesday in Bursa had provided Turkey with the right edge going into the return match in Rüsselsheim, where the home heroines of Germany were cheered on by 1,300 enthusiastic fans. Turkey’s victory was paved by Kübra Akman and Meliha Ismailoglu who accounted for 18 and 14 points respectively in the end. Akman – a former youth and junior European champion – also received the award for the Most Valuable Player of the finals. Germany was paced by middle-blockers Anja Brandt and Jennifer Pettke, who recorded 14 and 13 points respectively.

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