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Spikers stunned by Turkey

Defending women’s champion China was upset in straight sets by Turkey in their Olympic Pool B opener yesterday, going down 25-21 25-14 25-14.

China, which has won six Olympic medals in women’s volleyball including three gold, was overpowered by the Turks for whom opposite hitter Ebrar Karakurt, with her distinctive bright pink hair, led the way with 18 points.

Three of her teammates finished in double figures while Turkey’s defence also proved to be too good for China, with Hande Baladin and libero Simge Akoz making 13 successful digs to keep the ball in play.

The Chinese lacked cohesion throughout the encounter and coach Lang Ping made several substitutions to find the right combination while Turkey stuck with the same line-up for all three sets.

China’s top scorer Zhang Changning (13 points) said they must “prepare from zero” for the upcoming games.

Earlier yesterday, Jordan Thompson scored 20 points to lead top-ranked US to a straight sets victory over Argentina, with the 2016 bronze medalists winning 25-20 25-19 25-20 to open their account in Pool B.


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