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Karakurt helps Turkish victory over Dominicans


ROSARIO, Argentina, August 18, 2017 - Turkey prevailed over Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 25-16, 25-14) led by the strong spikes of Ebrar Karakurt closing Pool D action on Day 1 of 2017 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship.


Karakurt shone with 25 points of her own, including the final ace to wrap up the match. Derya Cebecioglu chipped in with 11 tallies, the same total than Dominican captain Natalia Martinez. However, the top scorer on the Caribbean side was Madeline Guillen, who collected 19 points.


In Santa Fe, Russia had no problem in their first match of FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship after a solid 3-0 win over Mexico by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-13 in Pool B.

Oxana Yakushina topped the match with 20 points for the Russian team that overwhelmed Mexico in services with 7 collective aces against none by their North American rivals.


Polina Shemanova also finished with double digits, after scoring 12 for the Europeans. On the Mexican side, Uxue Guereca closed with 7.