Sultans of the Net faced Italy in the semi-finals of the FIVB Nations League. The exciting match ended with Italy’s 3-0 victory. After the fight, head coach Guiedetti drew attention. Turkey achieved great success by breaking the tournament record. On the other hand, assertive words came from Gabi in Brazil, Italy’s rival in the final.
GREAT SUPPORT FROM FANS
The fans in the capital showed great interest in the match played by the A National Women’s Volleyball Team against Italy. The hall was completely filled in the struggle of the Sultans of the Net at the Ankara Sports Hall. The fans supported the A National Women’s Volleyball Team throughout the match.
26 ISSUE FROM EGONU
Paola Egonu, transferred by VakıfBank, showed an incredible performance in the match played against the National Women’s Volleyball Team. Experienced volleyball player scored 26 points and became the top scorer of the competition. The Italian star drew attention with a 3 block ace. Caterina Bosetti followed Egonu with 11 points in Italy.
EBRAR HAS 14 NUMBERS
Ebrar Karakurt competed with 14 points in Turkey. Eda Erdem Dündar scored 11 points, followed by Zehra Güneş with 8 points.
The audience record was broken in the match played in Ankara Sports Hall. In the Turkey-Italy match, the audience record of VNL was broken with 15 thousand 420 spectators. 12 thousand people watched the Turkey-Thailand match played on Thursday. On the other hand, 9,000 people watched the Brazil-Japan match played in Ankara on Wednesday, and 7,250 people watched the USA-Serbia match.
EGO: I GAVE HIS SUPPORT BEHIND ME FROM TIME TO TIME
Speaking of praise from the fans, the Italian star said, “It was very exciting to play against Turkey. It was very enjoyable to play in Ankara. From time to time, I was able to get the fans on my side. It will be a nice and enjoyable final to watch against Brazil,” he said.
GUIDETTI: WE ARE NOT ON ITALY’S LEVEL
Giovanni Guidetti used the following statements in his post-match statement; “Unfortunately, the match went as I expected. It went the way I saw it. I regret to state that; we are not at the level of Italy at the moment. We did everything we could do. We played two great sets. ‘One of the parts where we were not good enough was simple mistakes. When they play well, it’s not enough for us to just play well. When we play well, they have to play a little worse. I’m talking about the current situation. We need to work a lot. Everyone who supports us deserves to see the Turkish National Team on the podium. We will do everything we can to be on the podium for them tomorrow. We want to beat Serbia.”
TURKEY’S COMPETITOR SERBIA
Turkey’s opponent in the third match was Serbia. Sultans will go to the park at 15.00 for the medal. In the championship game, Brazil will face Italy. The match will start at 18:30.
In the organization organized under the name of Volleyball Nations League since 2018, Turkey ranked second in 2018, fourth place in 2019, and third place in 2021.
GABI: THEY HAVE THE EGO BUT…
Brazil eliminated Serbia in the semi-finals and made it to the final. Gabi, well-known to the Turkish audience at Vakıdbank, scored 15 points. Kisy Nascimento was the top scorer in Sambacılar with 19 points. Brazil’s captain, Gabi Guimaraes, spoke before the Italian final: “Italy has Egonu, who is the best player in the world today and is approaching 30 points in every game… But we dream big and we have confidence in our ability. We want to be champions in VNL.”
While Gabi and Egonu had previously faced each other in the CEV Champions League Final, Vakıfbank reached for the trophy. Gabi was awarded the MVP award. The Brazilian star admitted that he was surprised by the award he received after that match, saying, “To be honest, I was very surprised, I did not expect … I was very touched. Winning the Champions League was really a dream. I was not looking forward to it, so my goal was to really win the match. Even if Egonu wanted to I was really surprised that he didn’t win even though he didn’t want to, even though he didn’t win the game, he got 39 points and an incredible championship in the final.”