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Brazil outclasses Turkey in straight sets to book a spot for the gold medal match

Brazil showed no weak points in the semi against Turkey
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 11, 2009. Having gone through a tough schedule, time had finally come for the deciding matches of this World Championship, starting with the semifinals. Brazil and Turkey opened the program this afternoon at the Mall Convention Center: the Turks were coming out of a very disappointing match against European champion Belgium which had ended in a clear 3-0, but after a day off they seemed to be ready to face such a demanding task. Coming into the semifinals, the South Americans were the sole – along with Belgium - undefeated team so far in the tournament and were quite unanimously considered as pre-favorite of the match. And the young ladies in yellow-green jerseys lived up to the expectations outplaying the “young Sultans” in three straight sets (25-18, 25-21, 25-20) to qualify for the gold medal match and seek for doubling up the title their compatriots had seized back 4 years ago in Macau.
With their stars Sthéphanie and Samara in a good mood, the Brazilians set the pace during the first set and even though the Turks tried their best, the “Cariocas” were definitely happy to bag this section of the game with quite a convincing margin (25-18). The second set was extremely close and tight: Turkey excelled in blocking and after some struggling managed to close up the gap and level at 12. Turkey did the same at 15 with a great work of setter Cansu Aydinogullari. The deciding break came a few points later with a couple of mistakes hampering Turkey’s overall good performance and the double block of Francynne and Carla finishing the job at 25-21.
Turkey was not played badly at all, but the girls of coach Yengil simply needed to go beyond their best to keep close with the Brazilians whose spikers – especially Carla - literally stunned the audience with their jumping ability, coordination and speed. Captain Kestirengoz did a great job for Turkey, but that was not enough to worry such a solid team as Brazil which has practically no weaknesses at all.

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