TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) – Defending women’s champions China had been shocked in straight sets by Turkey in their Olympic volleyball Pool B opener on Sunday, likely down 25-21 25-14 25-14 at the Ariake Arena.
China, who have received 6 Olympic medals in women’s volleyball including a few gold, were being overpowered by the Turks for whom opposite hitter Ebrar Karakurt — with her distinct vibrant pink hair — led the way with 18 details.
Three of her workforce mates completed in double figures though Turkey’s defence also proved to be far too fantastic for China, with Hande Baladin and libero Simge Akoz building 13 thriving digs to preserve the ball in enjoy.
The Chinese lacked cohesion in the course of the face and mentor Lang Ping designed various substitutions to discover the proper mix even though Turkey stuck with the similar line-up for all three sets.
“Ideal now we’re so joyful simply because we know that Chinese are a wonderful team, they have exceptionally proficient players and they are the Olympic champions,” Turkey captain Eda Dundar, who led the match with four blocks, informed reporters.
“Currently we served properly… In each and every element of the recreation we ended up foremost. Maybe China didn’t perform their ideal video game but we performed our best recreation.”
China’s top rated scorer Zhang Changning (13 factors) reported they have to “put together from zero” for the impending game titles.
Japan’s Mayu Ishikawa adopted in her elder brother Yuki’s footsteps by leading-scoring with 13 points, together with Ai Kurogo, as the hosts manufactured shorter get the job done of an mistake-prone Kenya in a 25-15 25-11 25-23 victory.
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Previously, Jordan Thompson scored 20 details to direct top rated-ranked U.S. to a thorough victory above Argentina, with the 2016 bronze medallists winning 25-20 25-19 25-20 to open their account in Pool B.
Thompson was supported at the internet by Jordan Larson, who had 10 details, though Michelle Bartsch-Hackley additional 13.
“The two Jordans ended up equipped to obtain a excellent relationship,” U.S. head mentor Karch Kiraly instructed reporters while middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo claimed the workforce experienced a “gold medal mentality”.
“We’re going for gold, 100%,” Akinradewo mentioned. The Us residents have gained five Olympic medals in women’s volleyball, but never the gold.
In the other Pool B come across, Italy had been tested in their opening set in opposition to the Russian Olympic Committee staff but won 25-23 25-19 25-14 although Serbia cruised earlier the Dominican Republic in Pool A.
Reporting by Toshiki Hashimoto, Yuka Obayashi in Tokyo and Rohith Nair and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond and Pritha Sarkar
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