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06/07/2014 21:59
Turkey qualifies for European League final after shutting out Bulgaria again
2014 CEV Volleyball European League - Women

Marmaris, Turkey, July 6, 2014.  Turkey will play in the final of the 2014 CEV Volleyball European League - Women.  Shutting out Bulgaria by 3:0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-17) in their second match of the penultimate weekend in Pool A, the Turks became untouchable on top of the standings, seven point clear of both Slovenia and Bulgaria.

In the first set, both teams played high level volleyball.  Turkey was in the leading position at the first technical time-out by 8-5, but Bulgaria leveled at 9-9 and then made a three-point gap at 12-9.  The Bulgarian team led by 16-15 at the second technical time-out and the score was balanced at 22-22 and 23-23.  At the end of the set Turkey won by 25-23 after an opponent’s mistake.  Bulgaria was the better team in the beginning of the second set.  The Bulgarian team took the early lead at 5-2 and made a three-point gap at the first technical time-out.  Despite a 10-5 lead, Bulgaria could not maintain its advantage through the second set.  The home heroines leveled at 18-18 and then gained three consecutive points thanks to Kubra Akman’s and Meliha Ismailoglu’s attacks and won the set by 25-23.  The third set started in balance, but Turkey took control in the middle of the set with Kubra Akman’s 7 points and Cansu Cetin’s 5. The Bulgarian team could not stay competitive and Turkey won the set by 25-17.

Kubra Akman contributed 16 points to Turkey’s victory to become the best scorer of the match, followed by Yeliz Basa and Ozgenur Yurtdagulen with 11 each, while no Bulgarian player managed to tap into the double digits.

Ferhat Akbas, head coach of Turkey:  “Our aim is to play well every time.  We will do our best to become the champions of the European League.  It does not matter who we play against in the final.  We knew that these games with Bulgaria would be very hard.  The Bulgarian team played very well, especially in the first two sets.  But we managed to win. Congratulations to my players!”

Cagla Akin, setter of Turkey:  “We are very happy to be in the final.  Of course, our goal is to be the champions.  We will try to win against Slovenia next week.  We played a lot better than in the first game. The two best teams will be in the final.  We will do our best.  I believe we will be the champion.”

Ivan Petkov, head coach of Bulgaria:  “Thanks to my players for their performance today.  We played better than yesterday, but we made mistakes in very important moments.  Congratulations to the Turkish team.  We did our best, but unfortunately we could not win.”

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