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14/06/2013 20:00
Five-set wins for Turkey and Romania on opening day in Bursa
2013 CEV Volleyball European League - Women

Bursa, Turkey, June 14, 2013. The home heroines of Turkey needed five sets on Friday but could eventually claim their first match in the 2013 CEV Volleyball European League by edging Hungary 3:2 (20-22, 21-14, 15-21, 21-13, and 15-6). Earlier in the afternoon Romania had caused a first surprise by cruising past Bulgaria after another five-set thriller (19-21, 21-16, 21-19, 14-21, and 15-12).
Turkey started out pretty good setting the pace at the sole technical time-out foreseen by the scoring system in place (12:10) but Hungary did gradually improve the quality of their game so as to bring it home at 20-22. Turkey went up 12:11 in the second set and this time did not lose focus and composure with Polen Uslupehlivan and Büsra Cansu contributing the final 21-14 for the 1:1. Hungary set the pace of the game all the way through in set 3 going up 12:8 and finishing it off at 21-15 well paced by Renata Sandor. Starting their quest for a possible tie-break, Turkey opened strong in the fourth set (6:0) and rapidly cruised to the final 21-13 after leading by five points (12:7) at the technical time-out. Turkey stretched momentum to the tie-break breaking away 8:1 in the score and controlling the operations up to the final 15-6. Uslupehlivan top scored in the end with 20 points while Dicle Nur Babat added 12 to the count of the home side. Edina Dobi paced Hungary with 12 as well.  

The competition had started in the afternoon with Romania surprisingly beating last year’s silver medalists of Bulgaria 3:2 (19-21, 21-16, 21-19, 14-21, and 15-12) after 103 minutes of play. The players from Bulgaria caught a good start and claimed the first set but could not resist to the terrific comeback of their opponents who did sweep set 2 and 3 to move to the front. Bulgaria got back on track in the fourth set but eventually lost their opening match of the competition at the tie-break. “It was a very difficult game and it is not easy to play five sets. However, it is really good that we started out with a victory. I do not know what’s next in the tournament but for the time being I am very happy and congratulate my players on their performance today” said Romanian head coach Marian Constantin.
“It was a tough game, especially to open the tournament. Bulgaria is a good and strong team but I think we showed more motivation and willingness to win. I hope the next game will be good for us too” added team captain Diana-Ioana Calota (née Neaga).
Bulgaria’s Elitsa Vasileva top scored in the game with 32 points while Romania was paced by the trio consisting of Daiana Muresan (18), Alina Ilie (16) and Ioana Nemtanu (14).  

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