Turkey beat Czech Republic for first win


Turkish players celebrate after their first victory in the tournament

Gurabo, Puerto Rico, September 13, 2015 – Turkey defeated Czech Republic 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15) in a match between winless teams of Pool D at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship on Sunday.

Yagmur Milic scored a tournament-high 24 points while Ada Germen and Fida Erlalelitepe  added 13 and 12 as the leaders in the victory of Turkey (1-2) while Gabriela Kopacova stood out from the Czech side (0-3) with 13 points.

The strong serves and powerful attacks from the Turkish side of the net proved to be the difference in this match. Turkey led in blocks 11-9 and in aces 12-10.

Milic carried most of the load of Turkey’s offense in the first set. The Turkish led 8-5 and 16-10 and finished 25-19 with Milic landing a pair of spikes from the left side.

Kopacova led the Czech side to an 8-1 lead in the second set but the difference was reduced to just 16-14 at the second technical time out with Milic and Germen leading the Turkish reaction. The Czech side won 25-23 with spike by Kovacova and attacking error by Milic.

Turkey dominated the third set from start to finish with 8-3 and 16-9 advantages at the technical time outs. Erlalelitepe closed it at 25-19 with cross-court a lightning spike.

In the fourth set, the Turkish side took and 8-5 advantage behind the attack of Germen and Zent and arrived to the second pause 16-7 with spike and ace by Erlalelitepe and Milic. The set concluded 25-15.


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