FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2006
Turkey end Chinese Taipei run with powerful win
November 8, Nagoya: Turkey turned the tables on giant-killers Chinese Taipei with a muscular win in Pool E.
Turkish libero Gulden Kayalar digs
Chinese Taipei, who had upset the odds with a perfect record in the first round of matches, met their match against the powerful Turks, who ran out 25-17, 25-16, 21-25, 25-17 victors.
Turkey dominated the Asians as they stormed into a two set lead, but Chinese Taipei refound the form which has taken them to Nagoya with a tenacious third set win.
But the Turks regained their composure to kickstart their second round campaign and end an amazing unbeaten run for Chinese Taipei.
Resat Yaziciogullari's depleted Turkish side had entered the second phase without injured setter Bahar Mert, but Seda Tokatlioglu had recovered from an ankle injury to take her place on the bench.
The Turks had reigstered their first wins on the world stage against Egypt and Peru, and were keen to show that there was more to come.
But they would have their hands full against a Chinese Taipei side who shocked hosts Japan on the opening night and have never looked back since.
Turkey took an early lead as they looked to impose their height on the Asian giant-killers.
Neslihan Darnel started the match having racked up 97 points over the course of the first stage, and looked in the mood to reach her century as soon as possible.
But Chinese Taipei captain Chen Shu Li had also been in impressive form, and she brought her team level at 6-6 with an ace from service.
Libero Szu Hui Fang was dealing with everything the Turks threw at her, but Ozlem Ozcelik and Natalia Hanikoglu eventually found a way through as the Turks slipped into the lead.
Darnel had soon reached her milestone, but Chen Shu Li was also finding success with her power spiking from the left wing.
But Chinese Taipei, who had contained some powerful teams in their first round group, were having problems coping with Turkey's height and strength.
Aysun Ozbek, Darnel and Hanikoglu were relentless in their onslaught, and soon the Turks had set point at 24-17.
Chinese Taipei looked to have bought themselves some time with a cross-court smash from the left, but Esra Gumus was equal to the task and provided the platform for Darnel to finish for the first set.
And the Turkish number 17 was not finished there.
A quickfire double at the net gave her side an early 4-0 lead in the second set, and solid Turkish defending then widened the gap.
Kou Nai Han fired a perfect spike down the line to snatch a point back for Chinese Taipei, but at 10-4 down they had their work cut out to make ground on the Turks.
But Lin Ching I was doing her best to do just that, and Turkish coach Yaziciogullari called a time-out as his lead was cut to just five points.
Chinese Taipei were beginning to find their rhythm, with setter Wu Hsiao Li unleashing dynamic attacks from her spikers on both flanks.
But Turkey's Elif Agca, who had replaced Mert as the team's playmaker, was just as influential as the Turks kept their noses in front.
Darnel slammed in another spike, before blocking at the net to earn set point at 24-15.
The rampant Darnel then emphasised her point with another mammoth smash, almost ramming the ball down Kou's throat to take the second set.
Chinese Taipei kept fighting, however, and squeezed into the first TTO of the third set with an 8-7 lead.
Lin Chun Yi galloped to the net to launch a big smash, as Gumus returned fire for the Turks soon after.
A clever move by Hanikoglu, leaving a Chinese Taipei smash when it was going out, gave Turkey a narrow 15-14 advantage.
But a two-point blitz by Chinese Taipei, the first a huge spike by captain Chen, eased the Asians ahead at the second TTO.
A defensive mix-up in the Turkish ranks suggested nerves were beginning to show so close to victory, and Yaziciogullari called a time-out to release the pressure.
But Chinese Taipei were getting closer, and a net infringement gave them set point at 24-20.
Hanikoglu staved off the winner with a spike down the line, but Lin Chun Yi sealed it immediately afterwards to haul Chinese Taipei back into the match.
Lin Ching I got the fourth set off to a spectacular start as she squeezed in a shot from a seemingly impossible angle.
Eda Erdem had entered the fray for the Turks, and was beginning to have an impact as her side took a 6-4 lead.
Turkey's composure was back, and Hanikoglu blasted a smash down the line to prove the point.
Chinese Taipei coach Lin Kuang Hung called a time-out with his side 21-12 down, but Turkey could smell victory.
A missed serve gave the Turks match point, and a Darnel block gave them the match.