Mogilev, Belarus, May 23, 2014. Turkey took 69 minutes to crush Finland by 3:0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-14) in the first match of Pool A from the second qualification round for the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women. Home side Belarus also had few issues against Denmark in the second match of the day and was even faster to shut out the opponent by 3:0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-14) in 61 minutes.
Finland vs. Turkey 0:3 (15-25, 12-25, 14-25)
Turkey maintained a steady pace throughout the match, especially in serving and blocking, which contributed 2 aces and 4 kill blocks to the victory in each of the three sets. Massimo Barbolini’s girls took control of the scoreboard from the very beginning of the first two sets and never let go to shoot up to 25-15 and 25-12 victories. The Finns raised their heads in the beginning of the third set and went ahead in the score three times - at 1-0, 2-1 and 7-6, but then the Turks regained the initiative to master another landslide win – 25-14, and close the match at the 69th minute.
Gozde Sonsirma and Seda Tokatlioglu scored 15 points each for Turkey to top the charts of the match. Paulina Vilponen with 9 was Finland’s best scorer.
Massimo Barbolini, head coach of Turkey: “We had a decent game. Despite the difference in level, Finland should be respected and feared. We were not relaxed, did everything right in attack and in serving and won. Why some of our leaders did not come to Mogilev? Because the national championship in Turkey is very hard and they need some rest.”
Tapio Kangasniemi, head coach of Finland: “We tried to play correctly and stay concentrated, but it was not done all very well. Of course, we need to act better on the court in receiving the ball and in defense. We will correct our mistakes in the next game in Belarus.”
Belarus vs. Denmark 3:0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-14)
After a year’s absence, the national team of Belarus returned to the Olimpiets competition hall. The fans saw the Belarusian volley girls again, many of whom are young players who start their performances in the international arena. The game with Denmark turned out not so heavy for the hosts. This was not the best match for Denmark’s leader Melcijana Salispahic. That is why Denmark had problems receiving the ball and attacking. It is worth noting thr good performance by Belarus in blocking. Tall girls Anzhelika Barysevich and Darya Ionava easily closed opponents’ hits. The visiting team tried to create suspense in the third set. However, middle blocker Ionava upset all their plans.
Tatsiana Markevich was the game’s best scorer with 11 points for Belarus. Denmark’s top scorer Trine Noer Kjelstrup tallied 8.
Viktar Hancharou, head coach of Belarus: “I was afraid of this match. The reason is simple - our team has a lot of young players. But the game plan is fulfilled, except for the third set. I am very glad for Darya Ionava. She made a good serving performance and we did not allow Denmark to make the match more interesting.”
Sven-Erik Lauridsen, head coach of Denmark: “Very strong opponent. We wanted to play better, but Belarus has a very good block. We will try to show our skills better in the following matches.”
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