The shock win saw Turkey win in straight sets 27-25, 25-21, 25-18 to send out a message of intent on the Turkish behalf of winning the competition. Turkey will play the winner of the game against co-host Serbia and the Czech Republic.
Turkish coach, Marco Aurelio Motta, said: “We don’t usually predict the outcome of the match. However, the result against Russia came by surprise. We were preparing for winning but did not expect a 3-0.”
Motta went on: “Our game was principally stable; we controlled the game in all sets. Our defense and service were brilliant. On the other hand, Russia suffered particularly in defense.”
Turkish player Spiker Eda Erdem said of the win: “I am very happy. Playing against the World Champion is very tough but we beat the odds with a 3-0 victory. I hope we maintain our form in the final four.”
Turkey has a real chance to capitalise on this win and move forward in the competition. The European Women’s Volleyball Championship is a prestigious and great competition in volleyball. Should Turkey manage to win the championships it would represent a fantastic achievement for Turkish sport.