Meliha Ismailoglu of Turkey smashes the ball to South Korean defenders. / Nation Photo by Korbphum Phromrekha
Meliha Ismailoglu of Turkey smashes the ball to South Korean defenders. / Nation Photo by Korbphum Phromrekha

Turks find killer touch in Korat

sports June 07, 2018 21:23

By LERPONG AMSA-NGIAM

THE NATION

WORLD No 12 Turkey beat South Korea for the fourth straight time with a 3-0 win in their final Nations League clash yesterday in Nakhon Ratchasima, which is hosting Pool 15 of the competition.



The Turks collected their ninth win from 12 matches in the league, winning 25-19 25-21 25-23 and boosting their chances of being among the top five teams who will qualify for the final with host China in Nanjing at the end of June. Turkey began by blitzing to a 15-10 lead on fast play and aggressive smashes before the Koreans fought gamely back to 16-14. But the Korean revolution was halted by a series of solid blocks before the guillotine came down with a powerful spike from Seyma Ercan.

The second set saw superior teamwork again power Turkey ahead, with South Korea briefly threatening an insurrection at 21-23 only to be hit by smashes from Zehra Gunes and Cansu Ozbay that scored a 2-0 lead.

Backs against the wall, the Koreans raised their game to lead at 14-8 but could find no answer when Turkey woke up to the danger with a surge that took them ahead 17-16. South Korea dumped their serve into the net to hand Turkey match point at 24-22, which Eda Erdem Dundar gleefully pounced on to blast a powerful smash that ended the contest after one hour and 35 minutes.