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Turkey: Ziraat down Arkas in classic and record 17th win in row. Lima’s aces lead Afyon to upset Galatasaray, wins also for Fenerbahçe, Halkbank and Spor Toto

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Five recovery matches were played yesterday. Ziraat Bankkart prevailed in a classic of the Turkish club volleyball over Arkas Spor.
Thus they recorded the 17th successive win in the 2020/21 AXA Sigorta Efeler Ligi regular season in a delayed match of Round 18 by a 3-1 (24:26, 25:20, 25:22, 31:29). The Dutch-Bulgarian duo Ter Maat and Atanasov scored 46 points in two, 24 and 22 respectively, for the winning side who kept closely following leaders Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta in the charts (59-56), while Efe Mandıracı notched 21 points for Arkas.

As for Fenerbahçe, thanks to Cuban Salvador Hidalgo and Metin Toy with 20 points each, they beat Tokat Bld. Plevne in 4 sets.
Third-placed Galatasaray HDI Sigorta were shocked by 12th placed Afyon Bld. Yüntaş, 1-3: 19:25, 25:20, 22:25, 22:25 in a delayed match of Round 19. Argentine international Bruno Lima stood out on the winning side, who recorded the 4th success in a row, with 28 points including 7 aces, while Görkem Sertel set up 5 blocks.
Cuban Fernando Hernández led Halkbank to the 6th win in a row, scoring 16 points in a sweep of Bursa B.Şehir Bld, while Spor Toto defeats Istanbul BBSK in straight sets on the road.

| Recovery matches of February 3
| Round 18
• Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta – Tokat Belediye Plevne 3-1 (17:25, 25:17, 25:21, 25:20)
Top Scorers: Hidalgo Oliva 20, Toy 20, Hoag 15, Vigrass 8; Geraldo Graciano Da Silva Filho 17, Kvalen 14, Cam 6, Aydin 6.

• Ziraat Bankkart Ankara – Arkas Spor Izmir 3-1 (24:26, 25:20, 25:22, 31:29)
Top Scorers: Ter Maat 24, Atanasov 22, Van Garderen 12, E. Gok 11, Bulbul 8; Mandiraci 21, Gulmezoglu 14, Gungor 13, Matic 6.

| Round 19
• Halkbank Ankara – Bursa BBSK 3-0 (25:23, 25:16, 25:17)
Top Scorers: Hernandez 16, Bayram 13, Berger 11; Dilmenler 12, Husaj 8, Alisson Melo 7.

• Galatasaray HDI Sigorta – Afyon Bld. Yuntas 1-3 (19:25, 25:20, 22:25, 22:25)
Top Scorers: Torres 17, Avci 16, Savas 11, Siratca 9, Ulu 9; Bruno Lima 28, Poglajen 12, Enaboifo 9, Sertel 9.

| Round 22
• Istanbul BBSK – Spor Toto Ankara 0-3 (19:25, 28:30, 21:25)
Top Scorers: Durul 12, Yalcin 10, Hayirli 10, Firat 7; Leonardo Ferreira Do Nascimento “Leozinho” 23, Kantarcioglu 16, Nicolas Bruno 14, Bidak 6.

| Standings (updated on February 3)
Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta 59
Ziraat Bankkart Ankara 56
Halkbank Ankara 55
Galatasaray HDI Sigorta 53
Arkas Spor Izmir 53
Spor Toto Ankara 48
Inegol Bld. Bursa 39
TFL Altekma Izmir 34
Tokat Belediye Plevne 32
Sorgun Bld. 30
Solhan Spor Bingol 27
Afyon Bld. Yuntas 23
Haliliye Bld. 21
Istanbul BBSK 19
Bursa BBSK 17
Arhavi 1

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