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31/07/2015 00:02
Turkey rout Greece in women’s European League season opener
2015 CEV Volleyball European League - Women

Lamia, Greece, July 30, 2015. Turkey started in style their campaign in the 2015 CEV Volleyball European League – Women by beating Greece in straight sets (25-22, 25-23, 25-21) on Thursday night in Lamia.

Although the local heroines claimed an early three-point lead (8:5) in the opening set, as she stood behind the service line Ayse Melis Gürkaynak helped Turkey score six unanswered points and they never looked back. The hosts tried to stroke back but in the end a net error by Georgia Lamprousi finished the set 25-22 Turkey’s way.

Set 2 was a totally different story as the blue-white team took an early 6:0 lead. Ismail Yengil, Turkey’s mentor, used his two time-outs, made a lot of changes and although Greece seemed unstoppable (10:1, 13:2), as it had happened in the first set, Gürkaynak changed things for good for Turkey. The score moved from 16:8 to 16:13 and then with another ace from Melike Yilmaz Turkey claimed the lead for the first time at 20:19. Greece made it 20 all, but another 4-0 rally for Turkey gave the visitors four chances to finish the set. They lost the first three but Cansu Aydinogullari said the last word and made it 25-23 in the end.

After that Turkey had obviously the psychological advantage and after the first technical time-out they took a lead by four points (12:8) and they never allowed the hosts to have a real shot at a comeback.

Ioannis Kalmazidis, coach of Greece: “I think it was very obvious today that this was the first match for our girls after a long time, for some of them since last March. It is difficult to get into the rhythm of the match so quickly, and one of the main reasons for our defeat is this. Of course we must change some things and we have to improve in some elements of the game. In the second set we were leading by a big difference but we stacked in some rotations and we didn’t manage to turn things around.”

Eleni Kiosi, captain of Greece: “It is a fair result but that’s not the real difference between us and Turkey. If you compare us to the other teams in this competition we had less days to prepare. I really believe that this roster is the best that we had in the last few years and I’m sure we will be better in the next matches starting already from tomorrow.”

Ismail Yengil, coach of Turkey: “We deserved to win today although we started very bad in the second set. We didn’t expect something like that to happen because in general we are good in reception and in defence. We got a lot of help from the bench players and I’m very pleased with their performance. After the second set it was easy for us but Greece is a very powerful team and tomorrow I’m expecting their reaction.”

Meryem Boz, captain of Turkey: “The key point of the match was the second set when Greece served extremely well and we had a lot of problems, but we solved our problems and we managed to come back and win in straight sets. Tomorrow it is another day and you can never be too confident about the final result.”

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