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Turkey: Galatasaray prevail in big match vs Arkas, Wallace’s huge display doesn’t help Spor Toto

Galatasaray HDI Sigorta beat Arkas Spor in the match of the day of Round 1 of the 2020/21 AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi regular season. The Istanbul side achieved a four-set victory on the road, partially 25:23, 21:25, 25:19, 25:23. Puerto Rican Maurice Torres was the top scorer for Galatasaray with 20 points, while Vahit Emre Savaş added 6 winning blocks. Yiğit Gülmezoğlu scored 17 points for Arkas.
Wallace Souza made a notable debut for Spor Toto with 30 points, but his team was stunned by the newcomers Solhan Spor at tie break, for which his compatriot Matheus Krauchuk scored 30 points as well.
The match between Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta and Sorgun Bld. was postponed due to the fact that seven players of the latter club are infected by the COVID-19….

2020/21 AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi, regular season – Round 1

| September 8 |
Halkbank Ankara — Afyon Bld. Yuntas 3-1 (25:19, 25:20, 21:25, 25:20)

| September 13 |
Spor Toto Ankara — Solhan Spor Bingol 2-3 (25:19, 22:25, 25:23, 21:25, 14:16)
Top Scorers: Wallace Souza 30, Bruno 23, Emet 9; Krauchuk 30, Kuklinski 17, Gunes 8.

Istanbul BBSK — Bursa BBSK 0-3 (16:25, 21:25, 20:25)
Top Scorers: Coskun 14, Ozturk 5; Baroti 21, Husaj 11, Alisson Melo 10, Kisal 7.

Tokat Belediye Plevne – Arhavi 3-0 (25:20, 25:22, 25:21)
Top Scorers: Geraldo Graciano Da Silva Filho 19, Kvalen 9, Aydin 8; Tatar 10, Saglik 8, Sagir 8.

Inegol Bld. Bursa – Ziraat Bankkart Ankara 0-3 (15:25, 29:31, 21:25)
Top Scorers: Cetinkaya 12, Gjorgiev 10, Bahov 8, Almaz 7; Ter Maat 26, Yucel 13, Van Garderen 10, Ertugrul 8.

Arkas Spor Izmir – Galatasaray HDI Sigorta 1-3 (23:25, 25:21, 19:25, 23:25)
Top Scorers: Gulmezoglu 17, E. Mandiraci 14, Gungor 13; Torres 20, Subasi 19, Savas 13, B. Avci 7.

| September 14 |
Haliliye Bld. – TFL Altekma Izmir 1-3 (20:25, 25:22, 22:25, 23:25)

| October 7 |
Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta — Sorgun Bld.

| Standings |
Bursa BBSK 3
Ziraat Bankkart Ankara 3
Tokat Belediye Plevne 3
Halkbank Ankara 3
Galatasaray HDI Sigorta 3
Solhan Spor Bingol 2
Spor Toto Ankara 1
Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta 0
Sorgun Bld. 0
Haliliye Bld. 0
TFL Altekma Izmir 0
Arkas Spor Izmir 0
Afyon Bld. Yuntas 0
Arhavi 0
Inegol Bld. Bursa 0
Istanbul BBSK 0

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