On the penultimate pool phase day, hosts Turkey will face France, which will be France’s last one in Pool A. A victory could well prove to be decisive for both teams’ fortunes.
FIDON LEBLEU Juliette Marie Louise Andrée
SYLVES Amandha Marine
DASCALU Alexandra Alina
STEUX-CALEYRON Mallory Nathalie
Assistant Coach 2
Assistant Coach 2
Turkey strike a pose after their victory over France
Home star Naz Aydemir Akyol celebrates with her nine-month old son Pamir
A full house at Ankara Sports Hall for the matchup between Turkey and France
Turkish players celebrate their victory over France
Turkey claim fourth victory to fight with Serbia for top spot in Pool A
Turkey will play Serbia on Thursday for first place in Pool A after securing their fourth victory from as many matches. The hosts delivered an impressive blocking game, with 7 stuffs in the second set only and 11 in total.
Their captain Eda Erdem Dündar scored 15 points to top the charts of the game – while another four Turkish players – Kübra Akman, Meliha Ismailoglu, Hande Baladin and youngster Ebrar Karakurt – finished the game with a tally of 8 points.
Despite starting the competition last Friday with a sensational victory over Bulgaria, France lost four matches in a row and they leave the competition at the end of the pool phase. This was France’s first EuroVolley appearance since 2013.
Turkish Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, and former Olympic and world champion wrestler Hamza Yerlikaya attended the match in Ankara Sports Hall, alongside 2016 Olympic champion wrestler Taha Akgül.
The match accounted for a record attendance at this year’s EuroVolley, with a crowd of 10,500 fans supporting the ‘Sultans of the Net’.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of FRANCE compared to TURKEY.
FRANCE number of service aces compared to TURKEY
Errors leading to points of FRANCE, next to those from TURKEY
“I did not see any empty seat today so I am very grateful to our fans. It was an incredible feeling. We were very emotional as the national anthem was played. We are happy that we won 3-0 in front of our own audience because the result is very important for the standing in the group. We have an important match for the top spot against Serbia. They are the reigning European and World champions but we are a very good team as well. With the support of our fans, we want to win tomorrow’s game.”
Player of Turkey
Emile Rousseaux, coach of France: “Our passing was obviously not good and this caused many problems to our setters. We could not use our middle blockers, and our outside hitters had to deal with a strong block and defence from Turkey. My players are not that experienced and they do not play outside of France very often. We need this type of competitions to improve. When I started with this team last year, only seven of my players were playing in the starting six in their clubs in France and we had 11 substitutes. That is why we are no. 40 in the FIVB ranking. I do not have enough players to compete at such a tournament.
It was the first such experience for all of my players bar two. We played against Bulgaria in the first game and we did not understand it was something special. We played very relaxed but after that, we realised that by beating Greece we would most probably have qualified for the next round. This is a top-level competition and you must experience it to be able to deal with it. You cannot prepare this kind of things during the practice. We will start working again with our youth. I have many players who have good skills and participating in this kind of tournament was important for us. Our young girls gained so much experience. They learnt what it means to play in a top competition, mentally and emotionally. They were scared of stress. This is something they have improve and learn to deal with.”