Yakushina was Russia's main scorer at their number eight Girls' U18 medal in the history
Rosario, Argentina, August 27, 2017 - With a 17-point game of Oxana Yakushina, Russia emerged as the winning side on the bronze medal match over Turkey 3-1 (25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 25-15) on Sunday afternoon in Rosario.
Russia picked up their sixth medal in this age group, plus other two as the Soviet Union in 1989 and 1991. Those were two golds, three silvers and now three bronzes. Turkey, despite the bitter taste of the loss, managed to equal their 2015 result, when they finished fourth in Peru.
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Supporting Yakushina were Valeriya Shevchuk with 14 points, Victoriia Pushina and Polina Shemanova, both with 10 tallies. For Turkey, Yaprak Erkek topped the list with 16 units, followed by Ebrar Karakurt (14) and Derya Cebecioglu (13).
Russia took advantage of Turkish errors for a 15-12 and underlined the difference with the duo Yakushina-Pushina, stepping forward 25-21. The team in red tried moving Erkek to opposite and it worked for a while, but Russia used Yakushina to draw a five-point gap before closing it 25-21. However, with Erkek back as wing-spiker, Turkey doubled Russia 16-8 and then did well on side-out to clinch the set 25-16. The match regained its previous course on the fourth set - Turkey failed and granted Russia a 12-5 lead, which Shevchuk helped transform into a 25-15.