11 April 2021

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Spor Toto – Halkbank Turkish Cup final!

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Spor Toto upset Fenerbahçe HDI Sigorta and secured a place in the final of the 2021 Turkish AXA Sigorta Kupa Voley.
Finding themselves down 2-1 after throwing away the 3rd set (advantage of 16:20 and 22:24) and at a disadvantage 20:18 in the 4th set, the winners found a break of 3 consecutive points (20:21), closed the partial at the 3rd set point and dominated the tie-break.
But what a match of Wallace Souza!
The Brazilian outside hitter led his team to a fantastic win over the favorite in the semifinals with 37 points, while Argentine Nicolás Bruno served 5 aces and Sercan Yüksel Bıdak set up 4 blocks and made 73% attack (11/15).

And the final will be among the two big disappointed of the championship, both remained out of the playoffs and that a few days ago faced each other in Game 1 of the playoffs for 5th place final.
Prediction respected in the second semifinal with Halkbank Ankara who, despite Hernandez’s bad day (-15% efficiency in attack), clearly swept Arkas Izmir 3-0 with great difficulty in attack (36%).
The final match will be held tomorrow.

| 2021 Turkish AXA Sigorta Kupa Voley, semifinals
| March 29, 2021

• Fenerbahce HDI Sigorta Istanbul – Spor Toto Ankara 2-3 (25:22, 16:25, 26:24, 25:27, 9:15)
Fenerbahce: Kiyak 2, Hoag 17, Vigrass 4, Toy 14, Hidalgo 16, Batur 13, Yesilbudak (L); Karatas (L), Peksen 0, Unver 0, Nwachukwu 0, Sikar 5. Not entered: Kurt, Stanicki. Coach: Togan.
Spor Toto: Thiago Gelinski 3, Nicolas Bruno 19, Bidak 16, Wallace Souza 37, Cin 8, Emet 6, Tokgoz (L); Yilmaz 0, Ivgen (L), Leonardo Ferreira Do Nascimento “Leozinho” O, Kayhan 0. Not Entered: Ataoglan, Dautefendic, Kantarcioglu. Coach: Uslu.

• Arkas Spor Izmir – Halkbank Ankara 0-3 (21:25, 24:26, 13:25)
Arkas Izmir: Blankenau 3, Gulmezoglu 5, Koc 5, Mandiraci 17, Lagumdzija 7, Cengiz 1, Joao Paulo Bravo (L); Durmaz 2, Matic 0. Non entrati: Esin, Gungor, Cevik (L), Durur, Winkelmuller. Coach: Hoag.
Halkbank Ankara: Walsh 5, Berger 14, Capkinoglu 4, Hernandez Ramos 12, Bayram 14, Karasu 1, Done (L); Ergul (L), Firincioglu 0. Not Entered: Aslan Eksi, Ugur, Gokgoz, Gunes, Karakaya. Coach: Atik.

| FinalMarch 30
Spor Toto Ankara – Halkbank Ankara 3-1 (25:27, 25:18, 25:19, 25:17)

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