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22/08/2015 21:33
Turkey overpower Poland in three straight sets
2015 CEV Volleyball European League - Women

Izmir, Turkey, August 22, 2015. On Saturday night the home heroines of Turkey cruised to a straight-set (25-19, 25-13, 25-18) victory in their first match with Poland on schedule for the fourth and next-to-last weekend of action in the 2015 CEV Volleyball European League – Women. Turkey improved their win-loss record to 5-2, thereby claiming the top position in the provisional standing of the competition.

The hosts of Turkey quickly piled up an 8:1 lead in the first set and Turkey’s display of fine form continued also after the first technical time-out with the score being moved to 16:6 in their favour at the second mandatory break. Turkey’s blockers delivered a superb performance at the net whilst on the other hand Poland’s spikers found it difficult to score. Turkey did not seem to struggle at all to keep their lead through to the end of the set (25-19) with their team captain Meryem Boz pacing the home side by scoring as many as seven points on her own.

Turkey continued their show also in the second set and once again the home side stood out at blocking, thereby claiming an 8:4 lead at the first technical time-out. Turkey’s supremacy was further cemented at the second mandatory stop (16:8) and with the right combination of blocks and serves the hosts brought the set to an end at 25-13 as Poland helped with some errors of their own.

Turkey seemed absolutely unstoppable also in the third set where the first and second technical time-outs were called with the home heroines marching safely towards a home win (8:3, 16:4). Poland’s 22 errors in reception were just too much to stand any chance of stopping the run of the home side especially as Turkey continued to put pressure with a solid mix of attacks and serves to further impose their rule. The visitors from Poland attempted a late comeback towards the end of the set but Turkey was not caught by surprise and with another few blocks the hosts sealed the final 25-18 to celebrate a 3:0 home win together with 950 fans in attendance. Turkey finished the game with 10 block stuffs as Meryem Boz top scored with 14 points.
Poland’s coach Wieslaw Popik said: “We played really bad and made a lot of errors. I’m not happy. This is not what my team is capable of.”

Poland’s team captain Kamila Ganszczyk: “There is not much to say. I just feel sorry for this heavy loss. Turkey has a very strong team.”

Turkey’s team captain Meryem Boz: “We thank each and everyone who has come out and supported us here in Izmir. Tomorrow we have another game with Poland. We want to continue the same way and win that one as well.”

Turkey’s mentor Ismail Yengil: “I thank all the fans who have come and filled Atatürk Volleyball Hall. We played very well. We are the current leaders in the pool and we want to further cement our position by winning also the second match tomorrow.”

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