First RefereeAleksandar VINALIEVBULSecond RefereeAleksander SIKANJICLIE
Kolodruma is the biggest multifunctional complex in Plovdiv, famous with modern architecture and impressive atmosphere. The hall is unique not only being the only covered Olympic-sized cycling track in the Balkans, but also for being able to host 22 sports at the highest level. Kolodruma has also a hall for warm up trainings, press center, locker rooms, coach rooms, LED screens, underground and grand parking for 438 cars. The Arena is connected to four boulevards so getting there is easy. Capacity: 6100
How To Attend
Naycho Tsanov Blvd., PLOVDIV, 4000 Capacity: 6100
City bus lines that have stops near the arena: 4, 10, 17, 99 PLOVDIV AIRPORT – distance to the hall is 12.2 km, cca. 15 min by car. There’s no public transportation from the airport. SOFIA AIRPORT – distance to the hall by car using highway A1 is 151 km and takes around 1 hour 40 minutes. Get directions
Simge SEBNEM AKOZ
Born on April 23 1991, is a Turkish volleyball player for Eczacıbası VitrA and the Turkish national team. She participated at the 2017 Women's European Volleyball Championship and 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's Nations League. Her awards are: 2017 European Championship - Bronze Medal 2018 Nations League -Silver Medal 2019 European Championship -Silver Medal 2021 Nations League - Bronze Medal
· Turkey and Poland meet for the fourth time at the European Championships. Turkey won twice and Poland once.
· Poland's win over Turkey came in the final in 2003 (3-0). Turkey recorded 3-1 wins in the 2017 playoff round and in the 2019 semi-finals.
· Turkey defeated Poland in each of their last three meetings at major world level tournaments (Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, Grand Champions Cup, World Grand Prix, Volleyball Nations League), all in the Nations League: 3-0 in 2018, 3-2 in 2019 and 3-1 in 2021.
· In January 2020, Turkey defeated Poland 3-2 in the European Olympic qualifying tournament. Turkey eventually defeated Germany 3-0 in the final of that tournament and qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where they reached the quarter-finals.
· This will be Turkey's 100th match at the European Championships. They recorded 51 wins and 48 defeats in their previous 99.
· Turkey finished in the top four in each of the last three European Championships: fourth in 2015, third in 2017 and second in 2019. They also recorded a top-four finish in 2003 (2nd) and 2011 (3rd).
· Turkey have won six successive matches at the European Championships for the first time. They defeated Czech Republic 3-1 in the round of last 16.
· Turkey lost three of their last 20 matches at the European Championships. All three defeats were versus Serbia, while they won each of their last 17 games against all other opponents.
· Turkey won four of their previous five quarter-final matches in the competition, with a 3-0 defeat to Russia in 2013 as the only exception. They defeated Russia (2011, 2017) and the Netherlands (2019) in straight sets, and Germany (2015) in five sets.
· Ebrar Karakurt (99) is Turkey's leading points scorer this tournament.
· Poland finished in the top four in one of the last five editions of the European Championships (fourth in 2019), directly following four consecutive editions where they finished outside of the top four.
· At the 2019 European Championships, Poland defeated Germany 3-2 in the quarter-finals. The Poles had lost their first two quarter-final matches in the competition: 3-0 versus Serbia in 2011 and 3-1 against the Netherlands in 2015.
· Poland have won five of their six matches in this tournament, with a 3-1 defeat against Bulgaria in the group stage as the only exception. Poland defeated Ukraine 3-1 in the round of last 16.
· Poland won 11 of their last 13 European Championships matches that went to a deciding set.
· Magdalena Stysiak (104) has won the most points for Poland this tournament, despite not playing in the group stage match versus Spain.
· Zuzanna Efimienko-Mlotkowska (19) is among the players to have won the most points from blocks in the final round of this edition. She was Poland's top scorer in the round of last 16, collecting 17 points of which nine from blocks.
AddressEmniyet Mahallesi Milas Sokak, 9/A - Besevler ANKARA
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Fans of Turkey
Turkey celebrating a point
Poland after a successful action
Katarzyna Wenerska receiving
Magdalena Stysiak (POL) trying to overcome TUR's block
Turkey- team and staff, happiness
Turkey team celebrating with their fans
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Turkey through to the Semi Finals after a dominant display against Poland
Playing in front of a sea of red flags Turkey booked a Semi Finals spot for a fourth consecutive EuroVolley Women tournament. The defending silver medalists dominated in all phases of the game beating Poland in straight sets to celebrate match #100 in the history of the competition.
● 17-year old Martyna Czyrnianska started at outside spiker for Poland and the Turks wasted no time getting to her. The teenager committed a serve error, a reception error and got just 20% kill rate in attack. Still Poland was up by four when Ebrar Karakurt went on a scoring spree. An ace sandwiched between two monster spikes gave Turkey a lead they never relinquished. There were five aces in total (all by Turkey) in the first set.
● The EuroVolley 2019 silver medalists quickly jumped to a four-point lead that only grew bigger. Suffocating block, 73% kill rate in attack, three aces and a number of spectacular saves by libero Simge Akoz. All that contributed to the 11-points difference in the final score.
● Poland kept the score tied until 13-13 in the third set. Then Hande Baladin and Eda Erdem hit timely aces helping Turkey build a comfortable lead. On the first two match points Karakurt was stopped by kill blocks by Zuzanna Efimienko-Mlotkowska but on the third time of asking Turkish outside spiker put an exclamation point with a thunderous spike.
● Turkey finished with ten aces. Karakurt was the top scorer with 20 points for the winners. For Poland Magdalena Stysiak finished with 14.
“I would like to thank all of our supporters. It was really amazing to play in front of them. The key for today’s win was our aggression. At the start of the tournament our goal was to get a medal. Now we’re going to Belgrade hungry for gold.”
Outside Spiker, Turkey
“It was a difficult match for us. Poland played well but my players had courage and aggression. They are very, very tired. But they never give up. The atmosphere in Plovdiv was just incredible. I know it’s not far away from Istanbul, but still, it was amazing. But do you know what the greatest thing is? The fans in Turkey watched the match in the parks, in a big stadium... I saw this before only for football. That's why I'm very proud, because my team gave a great night to the Turkish fans.”
Head Coach, Turkey
“It's very difficult to talk at this moment. We gave 100% and it was not enough. Turkey is a really strong team and we have no luck against them in every important match. We lost in a very tough match a year ago in the Olympic qualification for Tokyo. Today we lost 0-3, but I'm proud of my team. Maybe it's not enough to give everything when playing against Turkey, but in the women's volleyball they are one of the strongest teams in the world. Now I cry but I'm really so proud of my teammates.”
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of TURKEY compared to POLAND.
TURKEY number of service aces compared to POLAND
Errors leading to points of TURKEY, next to those from POLAND