Karakurt was the brightest star among a constellation of players on both Turkey and Japan
Rosario, Argentina, August 21, 2017 - At a decisive faceoff for Pool D top spot, Turkey had to work full time to overcome the challenge presented by Japan and win 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 30-28) with a superb performance of Ebrar Karakurt.
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Karakurt uncorked 32 points and also did well on the defensive department, to act as a true leader for Turkey. Teammates Yaprak Erkek and Derya Cebecioglu trailed her with 15 and 13 caps respectively, while the two players that stood out for Japan were Yuki Nishikawa (23) and Haruna Soga (21).
Against a captivating Japanese defensive discipline, Turkey couldn’t break free until the final track of the first set, with a couple of blocks for a 25-20, but the second one was the exact same and Turkey barely made it 25-23 with an amazing back-row spike from Karakurt. Japan reduced by 25-21 with a flawless game and kept fighting on the fourth episode - a nail-biting drama full of suspense in which Turkey had to wait until a 30-28 to celebrate via Cebecioglu.