Turkey defeats Korea by 3-1 in Pool I of Women’s World Grand Prix – Volleyball news
The first match of Pool I of the third round of Women’s 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix was played on June 22 between Turkey and Korea. The Pool I matches of the tournament are currently being staged in Osaka, Japan.
The match between Turkey and Korea lasted for four sets at the end of which Turkey was celebrating its win. The score board showed the following final set scores: 25-18, 28-26, 20-25 and 25-13.
The recent win has enabled Turkey to tally a 6-1 record in the tournament while Korea has fallen to 1-6.
The coach of the Turkish squad, Motta Marco Aurelio, expressed his joy at the win in the following words, “In my opinion we played well, although in general we are a little tired with these trips, but its good competition. We can play better against Japan, and against Germany we’ll try to play our best.”
On the other hand, the Korean coach, Kim Hyung-Sil, shared his views by making the following comments, “In the qualifying match in Tokyo, we had some players injured, which was bad — but today our players did a good job, although they regret they couldn’t win. Now we will try to focus on our game with Japan. As our captain said, our serve and reception was bad, and because of that we lost concentration.”
Despite the fact that the Koreans lost the match, they found something to be proud of in the fact that the Korean player Han Song-Yi was able to score the highest points in match by tallying a score of 20 while the highest scoring player on the Turkish side was Neslihan Darnel with a total of 19 points. Darnel was helped by her teammate Eda Erdem Dündar who kept the pressure on the Koreans by adding 16 points of her own.
The first set of the match started off with a Turkish lead but the Koreans did not let them get too far and got the score level at 8-8. However, the Turkish gradually gained dominance and managed to lead at 17-13. After that point, Turkey was able to pull away and secure the opening set of the game at 25-18.
The Koreans began the second set with determination and were able to take the advantage at 10-9 but Turkey did not let their rivals maintain the lead as they pulled up ahead at 15-11. Korea managed to tie the frame at 18-18 and take the lead back at 24-21 but the determination of the Turkish squad prevailed as they bagged the set at 28-26.
The third set remained close for the most part and got to a tie at 16-16 after which the Koreans moved to set point at 24-20 and managed to avoid a sweep by securing the third set at 25-20. The loss of the third set ignited the Turkish into action and they swept their opponents in the fourth set to grab a win at 25-13.