FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2006
Turkey break Peru hearts with crucial comeback victory
November 4, Nagoya: Turkey heaped more misery on Peru as they twice came from behind to win Pool D's crunch match.
Leyla Chihuan (PER) attacks
The Turkish victory took them within touching distance of the second round after a hard-fought 3-2 victory in Nagoya's Rainbow Hall.
It was heartbreaking for Peru, who had surrendered a two-set advantage to Serbia and Montenegro on the third matchday before losing an epic tiebreaker in the final set.
But Turkey showed their resilience to come back from the brink and clinch the match.
Both teams began the day knowing a win would be vital for their chances of qualifying for the second round.
With Peru still to face defending champions Italy, and Turkey taking on the powerful Cubans on the last matchday, the loser of this match would be facing an uphill struggle to secure a top-four finish.
Turkey were without the powerful Seda Tokatlioglu and setter Bahar Mert, both injured in the match against the Italians.
The Turks could draw inspiration from a vociferous band of supporters in the crowd, but Peru's fans were determined not to be outdone with their horns, whistles and flags.
Turkey had problems hitting the target in the opening encounters, but libero Gulden Kayalar settled the nerves with an unreturned dig.
The points were coming fast and furious, as Turkey soon levelled the score at 7-7.
But disaster struck for the South Americans immediately after when captain and inspiration Leyla Chichuan was carried off with an ankle injury.
Chihuan had led the scoring in the previous day's marathon struggle with Serbia and Montenegro, bagging 20 points overall.
But Natalia Romanova showed Peru could cope in her absence, spiking to give her side an 11-7 lead.
Points from Natalia Hanikoglu kept Turkey in touch, but it was Peru that led 16-13 at the second TTO.
Turkish captain Ozlem Ozcelik then rallied her troops to overturn the deficit at 17-16, and Neslihan Darnel was beginning to find space on the right to run through her repertoire of smashes and flicks.
Patricia Soto was also having success for Peru, as both teams refused to budge with the match poised at 23-23.
Something had to give, but only after both teams had squandered one set point each.
Peru's Moy then fired a drive against a Turkish defender and out to bring up another set point, and repeated the trick to give Peru a 1-0 lead.
There was further cheer for the South Americans at the start of the second set as Chihuan re-entered the fray, and the captain marked her return with an emphatic spike at the net to level the score at 4-4.
But Darnel blasted a shot down the line soon after to take Turkey into the first TTO at 8-7.
The Turks then surged further ahead, and Peru were being forced onto the back foot.
Milagros Moy and libero Vanessa Palacios made heroic saves with the South Americans on the rack, but it was not enough to stop Turkey winning the point at 17-13.
Aysun Ozbek then took the Turks closer at 23-16, and claimed set point with another spike at the net.
Moy spiked long, and Turkey were level at 1-1.
Turkey began the third set in the same vein, taking an 8-6 lead at the first TTO, but Peru were determined to keep in touch.
A South American attack twice forced Turkey's Esra Gumus into a desperate scramble to return, only to see Mirtha Uribe waiting at the net to take Peru within a point at 9-8.
A service sequence from Soto then saw Peru overtake the Turks, with the number 4 herself contributing a lethal spike to make the score 16-3.
Moy added an ace as the Peruvians turned the screw, and Chihuan gave the South Americans the chance to take the third set at 24-18.
It took three false starts, but Yulissa Zamudio eventually slammed in an unreturnable spike to hand the advantage back to Peru.
The South Americans were looking to close out the match as quickly as possible, and if the previous day's collapse against Serbia and Montenegro was still in their minds, it did not show at the start of the fourth set.
Chihuan was irrepressible after shaking off her injury, and Romanova was maurauding on the left.
Nevertheless, the Turks kept coming, and a disguised winner at the net by Elif Agca brought parity at 15-15.
The Turkish crowd found its voice above the red and white din and urged their team on to an 21-17 advantage, before Ozbek blocked for set point.
Darnel, who had been outshone by Romanova on the wing for much of the set, suddenly popped up to flash a drive through the Peruvian defence to draw level at 2-2.
The momentum was with Turkey, who took a 5-2 lead in the tie-break set.
Darnel was becoming more and more involved, smashing a huge spike down the centre of the court for 10-6.
Hanikoglu brought up match point, and after repelling two Turkish attack, Peru finally succumbed for their second successive heartbreaking loss.