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30/09/2017 23:09
Semi-finals set at BVA zonal event in Bursa
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Bursa, Turkey, September 30, 2017. The zonal Beach Volleyball event hosted by the Turkish Volleyball Federation and Balkan Volleyball Association (BVA) in Bursa continued on Saturday – with a busy schedule and much more favourable weather conditions than the day before – eventually setting the programme for Sunday’s semi-finals.

A number of matches on schedule for the losers’ bracket of the men’s competition opened the programme. Turkey’s Yusuf Özdemir/Ali Osman Nurettin beat Romania’s Lucian Badiceanu and Robert Virlan 21-14, 21-17 before Kosovo’s Armend Berisha/Faton Mustafa stamped a dramatic 19-21, 21-19, 15-7 victory over Turkey’s Burak Balibey/Dündar Yildirim. Turkey had something to celebrate as Emir Akdogan/Selcuk Sekerci claimed a close 21-19, 17-21, 17-15 victory in their matchup with Dimitrios Niopas/Thodoris Papadimitriou of Greece. Finally, to complete the programme of the second round, Jan Dumek/Vaclav Bercik of the Czech Republic beat Turkey’s Emirhan Ulutas/Hasan Huseyin Yildirim 21-16, 21-12.

The women resumed their campaign later on with Romania’s Adriana-Maria Matei/Beata Vaida living up to their status of first-seeded team as they easily beat Bulgaria’s Asya Dinova and Irena Mishonova 21-17, 21-14. Denmark’s Line Trans Hansen/Maria Elisabeth Tyndeskov beat Greece’s Dimitra Manavi and Aliki Alexandra Spiliotopoulou 21-18, 16-21, 15-10. Greece had something to cheer about as Panagiota Karagkouni/Konstantina Tsopoulou beat Turkey’s Aleyna Vence and Bugra Eryildiz 21-17, 21-13 to top their pool. Finally, Serbia’s Milena Matic and Marija Milosevic beat another Turkish team – Merve Nezir and Merve Celebi – in two sets (21-11, 21-18) to set the programme of the quarterfinals.

The tournament continued with matches on schedule for the winners’ bracket of the men’s competition. Turkey’s veterans Murat Giginoglu/Hasan Hüseyin Mermer easily beat their compatriots Ali Berke Sagir/Ali Cebeci 21-10, 21-12. “We were focussed and used our experience to seal this victory,” Giginoglu commented afterwards. “It does not matter who our opponent is – we just focus and play our own game.”

Second-seeded Lazar Kolaric/Djordje Klasnic of Serbia easily beat Georgios Kotsilianos and Vasileios Kostopoulos of Greece 21-16, 21-15. “It is always great to win and to progress to the next round without losing a set,” Kolaric said. “We are on the right track so far. There was no wind and thanks to our mental coach Bojan Kramar’s teachings, we managed to stay calm in such conditions. Our objective is to win the next match and represent our nation the best we can. If we make it to the finals, we would love to play a Turkish team. It would be the best for us since we have not played against a Turkish team in the tournament so far and it would be very entertaining for the crowd to watch a Turkish team in the finals.”

Turkey’s Nurettin/Özdemir beat Kosovo’s Berisha/Mustafa 21-13, 21-11 in the losers’ bracket to progress to the next stage where a spot in the semis was at stake against Kotsilianos and Kostopoulos. Dumek/Bercik of Czech Republic beat Turkey’s Akdogan/Sekerci 21-16, 21-10 to continue their journey in the tournament and play another Turkish team, Ali Berke Sagir/Ali Cebeci for a spot in the semis. Kotsilianos/Kostopoulos eventually beat Nurettin/Özdemir 21-16, 21-12 to play Giginoglu/Mermer in the semi-finals. As for the other game on schedule, Ali Berke Sagir/Ali Cebeci won the first set (22-20) but ended up losing 19-21 and 5-15 the next two – with Dumek and Bercik now set to play Kolaric/Klasnic in the semis.

As for the women’s quarterfinals, Matei/Vaida lost the first set (18-21) of their matchup with Manavi and Spiliotopoulou but regrouped to rally to a 21-16, 15-5 victory. Matic/Milosevic easily disposed of Mishonova/Dinova 21-17, 21-13 to play the Romanians in the semis before Karagkouni/Tsopoulou secured a semi-final spot for Greece as they routed Turkey’s Gizem Caglayan/Hatice Can Tonbul 21-7, 21-12. The last match of the day produced a little sensation as Turkey’s Vence/Eryildiz beat second-seeded Trans Hansen/Tyndeskov of Denmark 21-17, 21-19 to play the Greek team in the semis. Aleyna Vence was the star player of the first set and she did just the same in the second as well where Bugra Eryildiz added more consistency to their performance with a rock-solid defence game.

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