Igor, terrific comeback in Istanbul

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•    Fenerbahce broke away shortly after the first technical time-out of the opening set moving the score from 8-7 to 11-8 and kept a three-point lead at the second technical break; despite making many service errors, NOVARA fought back before Fenerbahce emerged victorious at 26-24.
•    NOVARA edged ahead at the first technical break of the second set (8-6) before Fenerbahce came back strong to claim a 16-13 lead; Fenerbahce continued to play very aggressively and eventually doubled their lead in the match (25-19).
•    The third set followed the same plot with NOVARA storming to an early 8-6 lead but this time the visitors maintained it (16-14) before Fenerbahce clawed back with the help of Polina Rahimova. However, NOVARA did not tremble and eventually won the set 25-22.
•    Rahimova and Dicle Nur Babat propelled Fenerbahce to a 10-6 advantage in the fourth set but NOVARA fought back to close in at the second technical break (16-15); after the game resumed, the visitors delivered a startling performance to take an overwhelming 25-19 win.
•    NOVARA continued to play with the same intensity in the tiebreak leading 8-4 at the side switch and completed their comeback with a 15-6 score to seal their 3-2 victory.
•    Polina Rahimova top scored in the game with 33 points for Fenerbahce as Paola Egonu tallied up 28 for NOVARA.

Fenerbahce Istanbul – Igor Volley Novara 2-3 (26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 19-25, 6-15)
Fenerbahce Istanbul
: Yilmaz (L), Dalbeler (L), Dagdelenler ne, Uslupehlivan 1, Akin, Babat 10, Toksoy Guidetti 6, Natalia 9, Tomkom 2, Erdem ne, Akiroglu, Rahimova 33, Jerkov 11. All. De Brandt.
Igor Volley Novara: Vasilantonaki, Camera ne, Plak 2, Gibbemeyer 13, Enright 6, Skorupa 2, Bonifacio, Chirichella 16, Sansonna (L), Piccinini 9, Zannoni, Egonu 28. All. Barbolini.