Turkey: Fenerbahçe and Arkas record wins to separate as only candidates for first place
Results in Round 19 of the Turkish 2019/20 AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi led to the conclusion that it will be a two-team fight for the top spot in the finish of the regular season.
Favorites recorded victories in the round, however, it’s clear that only two teams remained in the contention for the first place in the next three rounds of the regular season: Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta and Arkas Spor.
By sweeping Sorgun Belediye on the road, the leaders Fenerbahçe kept the advantage of five points in relation to the second-placed Arkas.
The team from İzmir was also successful, beating İnegöl Belediye by a 3-1 (22:25, 28:26, 25:12, 25:14). Adis Lagumdžija scored 26 points for the winnere who had as many as 19 winning blocks (Mustafa Koç and Yiğit Gülmezoğlu set up 5 each). Cuban Osmany Uriarte scored 14 points for İnegöl.
Seven of eighth playoff participants are known. Three teams will fight for the No.8 in the rest of the regular season, and two of them lost on this round: Sorgun and İnegöl. In case İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi Spor Kulübü beat Tokat Belediye Plevne in two days, they will settle at the eighth position in the standings.