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Easy job for Belgium against Turkey

Belgium's Juliette Thevinin spiking against the Turkish block
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 9, 2009. Both teams having already booked their spots for the semifinals, European champion Belgium and Turkey – that had finished fifth a few months ago in Rotterdam – resumed to the court with the first place in Pool E at stake. Belgian captain Lise van Hecke stated in yesterday’s press conference after the match against Italy that her team was certainly looking for another victory as they wanted to avoid facing Brazil in the semifinal matches slated for Saturday. The Turks were also extremely ambitious in their statements and said they are going for gold here in Nakhon Ratchasima, so there were good pre-conditions for a very exciting and dazzling game.
Belgium displayed more consistency in the first set and captain van Hecke – by far the best scorer of the tournament up to now – helped out majestically her mates in avoiding a dangerous attempt of the Turks to comeback right in the very last rallies (25-23). The European gold medalists were striving for extending their winning streak up to 16 matches in 2009 but Turkey was certainly not going to open them the door for an easy job. The “young Sultans” enjoyed a very convincing start in the second set (8-4) but the Belgian machine then put up a real show to overtake the opponents and sail quite rapidly to a stellar 25-13 for the special joy of Delfien Brugman, who celebrated today her 16th birthday. The third set followed the same patterns, with a good start of the Turks who were not able to keep up that rhythm and the match eventually ended in three straight sets (25-23, 25-13, 25-18), with Belgium heading now to the semifinals with lots of confidence to strive for gold.

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