In the four previous editions of the League of Nations, Turkish women have always been in the top four. However, they never managed to win. This season, with a new coach, they finally reached for the coveted trophy. Just like Polish women who an hour before their match, they won against the USA in the bronze medal matchThe Turkish women recorded a historic result in Arlington.
They were the ones who got off to a good start. their coach, Daniele Santarellionce again bet on two attacking wingers in the basic six – Melissa Vargas and Ebrar Karakurt. Especially the first one got off to a great starther team led 7:3.
The Chinese gradually recovered their losses. When Vargas attacked in an out, the Asian team took the lead in the middle of the set. Only that since 15:13 for China, the players from the Middle Kingdom have lost six actions in a row. The end also belonged to Turkey. The point was scored by Karakurt, Sehra Gunes was vigilant at the net. The Turks won 25:22.
The Chinese improved their service. Türkiye surprised in the League of Nations
Both teams performed well in their previous matches of the final match. The Chinese women, like a steamroller, first rode over the Brazilian national team, and then Poland. Volleyball players from Turkey, in turn, defeated the Italians and knocked out of the heads of the Americans dreams of triumph in front of their own audience.
The beginning of the second set is still the advantage of the Turks, who quickly gained a three-point advantage. The Chinese still made a lot of mistakes in the serving area. However, when their block began to function – she shone in it Yuan Xinyue – they were only losing 9:10.
Santarelli mobilized the players during the break, after which Vargas showed off two service aces and Turkey jumped away again. It turned out, however, that only for a moment, because the Chinese made up for the losses and took the lead 16:15. They began to do better in the attack, the point was won by Yingying Li. In the end, they won 25:22.
Melissa Vargas the hero of Turkey. First Nations League triumph
In the third set, however, the Turks rebuilt their game and quickly took the lead 7:4. Karakurt was doing well in important actions, and her team’s advantage was growing. The experienced center also had more participation in the team’s game Ed Erdem. Even excellent defense interventions did not help the Chinese. Santarelli celebrated successive successful actions with his players more and more expressivelyopponents made a lot of mistakes. Vargas added a point with a service, Türkiye won 25:19.
The Chinese took up the fight in the fourth batch. They started well but quickly lost their two-point lead. Vargas, who was in great shape, caused them the greatest problems. The Cuban-born volleyball player crossed the 20-point mark and her team took the lead 8:6.
The advantage grew rapidly again, soon reaching five points. Gunes enlarged it with a tight block. The Chinese were no longer able to fight their opponents. The rushing Turks, cheered on by a large group of fans, achieved their goal. They won the last point with a block, won 25:16 and started celebrating their first triumph in the history of the Nations League. They replace the Italians, winners from last year, at the top.