Karakurt drives Turkey past Germany and into the Elite Four


Emotional celebration from Turkey's Ebrar Karakurt as her side dealt with Germany to reach the semifinals

Rosario, Argentina, August 25, 2017 - Turkey’s rising star Ebrar Karakurt had another display for the books as she spearheaded her side to defeat Germany 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 30-28) and move forward to FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship semifinals phase.

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Karakurt scored 18 times, but she wasn’t alone on the quest as Yaprak Erkek did her job with 14 points. The only other player in the game to reach double numbers was Germany’s Lina Alsmeier, with 10 tallies.

As one of the favourite players of the crowd in Rosario, Karakurt got a boost from the support and teamed up with Erkek for a 2-0 with different brands - a first set with dominance but short distances and a second one completely uneven. Germany answered on the third set and led to the 18th point, but Ilayda Iscimen and captain Ilkin Aydin unveiled some nice serves for a 24-all tie, allowing Turkey to wait for their chance and succeed 30-28.


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