|Turkish ladies edged past Russia in the second day|
|Saturday, 30 March 2013 20:30|
Kladovo, Serbia, March 30, 2013. It was the match of the day at "Jezero" Hall of
Sports in Kladovo. The reigning European Champions Turkey beat struggling
Russia 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20). Turkey`s Hande Baladin topped the
scorers chart with 20 points, including 6 block kills.
Turkey was very aggressive in the first set. With great serves and solid defense they broke the
spirit of Russian girls who couldn’t find any response. Ada Germen of Turkey was brilliant on
serve and she guided her team to 15-4 lead, which was the key moment of the set. After that,
Russian girls couldn`t recover, and Turkey finished in style 25-13.
Although Russia managed to keep up in the beginning of the second set, it was obvious that
Turkey was the dominant side. They were impeccable in reception, solid in block, and relentless
in attack from all positions. Russia struggled but resisted until 8-8. Then Hande Baladin of Turkey
stepped on and served an ace, followed by wonderful killing block of Su Zent and Arelya Karasoy.
At 12-8 to Turkey Yury Shchuplov, Russia’s coach, had to ask for a time-out, as the match was
once again slipping out of their hands. After the break, Russia tied at 12-12, but Turkey still
managed to grab a couple of points before the second technical time-out (16-14 to Turkey).
However, Russia slowly raised their level of game, and the teams entered the finishing stage of
the second set with equal chances at 19-19. After Russia went ahead 20-19 with Svetlana
Serbina`s great serve, Turkey had to ask for a break. After that, Russia gained a three-point
lead (22-19), but Turkey came back to just 1 point of deficit (21-22). After yet another time-out,
this time called by Russian coach, Russia reached the set point at 24-21, which was converted to
a tie at 1-1 in the sets with an spiking error of Turkey.
In the beginning of the third set, couple of great serves by Pelin Aroguz disrupted Russian
reception and helped Turkey to gain a four-point advantage before the first technical time-out
(8-4). Turkey succesfully maintained the lead until 10-6. However, after some good Russian
defending, Anastasia Cheremisina`s block and Svetlana Serbina`s ace, Russia equalized (10-10).
Turkish head coach Sahin Catma had to ask for a time-out. After a short break, Pelin Aroguz`s
serves once again helped Turkey to regain a four-point lead (16-12). Then, Turkey`s Hande
Baladin made a crucial role, as she was blocking Russian attacks on both laterals, and killing
spikes with great accuracy, which brought her team to a 7-point lead at 20-13. From that point
on, it was a matter of routine for the Turkish side to wrap up this set.
Svetlana Serbina`s ace in the first point of the fourth set announced that the Russian girls are
not prepared to leave the court yet. Solid in defence, with number of mistakes decreased to a
minimum,Russian team went ahead 7-3. However, Turkey consolidated quickly and cut the
Russian lead to just one point (6-7), and then reached the tie at 8-8. Teams battled bravely for
each and every point, but showed too much anxiety and committed lots of mistakes. It was
pretty much even until 18-18, as neither of teams could`t gain some considerable advantage.
Then Turkey went ahead 21-18, with Hande Baladin` s excellent blocking, and that was pretty
much it for Russia, who lost yet another match at the Championship.
Catma Sahin, Turkish Head Coach: "This was an extremely important match for us. Yesterday we
also had a big match, but this one could be crucial. However, we must continue winning if we
want to be on top. It would be best to go to the day off on Monday with all three wins".
Russia Head Coach Yury Shchuplov: "We struggled today with reception and that was the main
reason for our loss. We have to train more, and hopefully we`ll do better in the following matches".
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