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Jack’s Galatasaray advances to Turkish volleyball semis

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Sinead Jack helped Galatasaray advance to the semifinals in the Turkish League.

National women’s team middle-blocker Sinead Jack and Galatasaray advanced to the semifinals of the Turkish Venus Sultanlar Volleyball Ligi with a 3-1 win over Halkbank in their third and deciding match at Burhen Felek Sports Hall, Istanbul, on Friday.

Beaten on the road in the first match in five sets on Saturday, Galatasary, runners-up last year, evened the series at home of Tuesday before earning a 25-11, 12-25, 25-13, 25-1 triumph to set up a semifinal clash with Vakifbank Istanbul. Jack scored 16 points for Galatasaray and also added seven blocks.

On Tuesday at the same venue, Jack scored 12 points in her team’s 25-20, 25-19, 25-19 must-win result over Halkbank while she also registered 12 points in the 25-23, 22-25, 17-25, 25-15, 17-19 first match away to Halkbank in their quarterfinal series.

Still in Turkey, fellow national women team players Krystal Esdelle and Channon Thompson both won their final round-robin matches in the Turkish Lig Bayanlar (Division Two) 14-team Pool B competition.

Esdelle’s and her Pursaklar Belediyesi club-mates defeated Idmanocagi 22-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-20 to end with a 22-4 record and 61 points, eight behind table toppers Ankara Karayollari (23-3) and Samsun BSB Anakent (22-4) while Bolu Belediye was fourth with a 19-7 record and 60 points.

Thompson scored 24 points to lead Ankara Numune Karayollari past Anadolu Universitesi 25-21, 25-22, 25-15 for an 18-8 record and 51 points and sixth spot, two places outside of the playoff qualification.

Honore’s Benfica win away from Portuguese final

Over in Portugal, national men’s volleyball middle-blocker Marc-Anthony Honore and three-time reigning champions SL Benfica moved to within a win of advancing to the Men’s A-1 Division Championship final after beating SC Espinho 27-25, 25-22, 25-15 yesterday for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinal today.

In last Saturday’s opener, SL Benfica which was beaten by SC Espinho during the regular season, one of only four defeats came away with a 25-12, 25-16, 19-25, 25-14 victory. Both teams will also meet today in the third match, and if needed again on March 17th and 24th.

In Sweden, setter Renele Forde and Svedala improved to joint sixth with its next opponent Gislaved on 33 points after beating Degefors 25-9, 25-22, 25-18. It was the 11th win in 26 matches for Svedala for an 11-15 record ahead of its next outing on today.

Former St John’s University standout, Darlene Ramdin and her Generika-Ayala Lifesavers dropped to 0-3 in the Philippines Super League Women’s Grand Prix when they went under to Petron Blaze Spikers 21-25, 15-25, 21-25, on Tuesday.

Last night, they were to face second placed Cocolife (3-2) and cellar-placed Giga Hitters (0-4), on Tuesday.


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