Belarus celebrates historic qualification for final round
2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Men
Ankara, Turkey, September 16, 2012. Belarus qualified for the final round of the 2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship – a real premiere in the history of the competition – after finishing atop of the standings in Pool A via their 3:2 win over Great Britain (20-25, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, and 15-11) in the last day of action in Ankara. The home guys of Turkey settled for second after scoring a 3:1 win over Portugal (25-12, 23-25, 25-20, and 25-20) to round out the program of the tournament.
The match starring Belarus and Great Britain turned into a real marathon; the score remained very close in the opening set up 18 all, before the Brits pulled away to seize this section of the game with the score of 25-20. Belarus totally dominated set 2 (25-14) and stretched that tempo to set 3 (16:12) before Great Britain stormed back to go for the 2:1. Belarus set the pace all the way through in set 4 (8:4, 16:10, 25-19) and called for the tie-break where they went up 10:4 before Great Britain clawed back to -1 (12:11). However, Belarus scored the next three points to finish it off and cap a memorable campaign. Dami Bakare of Team GB topped the charts of the best scorers with 26 points.
In the other match of the day Turkey cruised to a speedy 25-12 in the opening set powered by the spikes of Burutay Subasi. Portugal caught a good start in set 2 and even though Turkey did level at 23, the guests sealed it at 25-23. Team captain Ulas Kiyak anchored his side very well in set 3 (25-20) and Turkey finished set 4 with the same score to the delight of their fans. Emre Batur paced Turkey with 22 points – including 4 blocks -, one more than teammate Halil Ibrahim Yücel.
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