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Turkey beat under-par Poland for Volleyball gold

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Turkey celebrate gold. Harry Engels/Getty Images
Serbia triumph over Azerbaijan for bronze as women's tournament ends

Turkey eased to a straight sets victory over Poland to claim the women's Volleyball gold medal on Saturday night.

The Poles has beaten the Turks 3-2 in their pool match, but it was to be very different this time.

Turkey dominated from the opening minutes, making light work of their opponents as they took the first set 25-11.

Poland responded in the second set and the two teams played out a series of lengthy rallies, but Turkey’s quality again showed as they claimed it 25-19.

Polish libero Agata Sawicka was forced out of the game late in the third set after twisting her knee, as her demoralised team-mates struggled to find their rhythm.

Turkey showed no mercy as they wrapped up the game with a resounding 25-13 win in the final set.

“The game turned out to be much easier that we expected,” said Polen Uslupehlivan. “We have improved our play match after match at these Games.”

Turkey's Neriman Ozsoy said: “We played with the Turkish flag in our hearts. Poland are all really good players, but they didn't play their best volleyball today.”

Turkey coach Ferhat Akbas said he was proud of his players, adding: “I was expecting a difficult match because the Polish team has some experienced players, but we dominated the game and we are very happy.”

Poland coach Jacek Nawrocki said: “We are very disappointed with our performance. We were very poor. But overall in the tournament, we are happy to finish in second place and win the silver medal.”

Earlier on, Serbia twice came from behind to win the bronze medal match against Azerbaijan 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-14, 15-9).

Serbia coach Zoran Terzic said: "Believe me, for us, the semi-final was a big success. We came to this competition without nine players from last season, almost a whole team. A lot of very young players, players who've never played this kind of competition. It was a very good experience for them."

After an even contest, Azerbaijan crumbled in the fourth set as Serbia set up a tiebreaker fifth set that was decided by Milena Rasic quick reactions at the net to kill the ball.

Terzic added: "Azerbaijan played extremely well in the competition. We played very well with a lot of courage." 

 


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