Turkish ladies edged past Russia in the second day PDF Print E-mail
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.

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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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