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Turkish national women’s volleyball team eyes Olympic glory

Turkish national women's volleyball team eyes Olympic glory A Milli Kadın Voleybol Takımı, ABD'de düzenlenen FIVB Milletler Ligi'nin (VNL) ikinci haftasının ilk maçında Almanya'yı 3-1 yendi. ( TVF - Anadolu Ajansı )
By Newsroom
Jun 5, 2024 4:11 PM

Turkish women’s national volleyball team, also known as the “Sultans of the Net,” is determined to secure a podium finish at the Paris Olympics after a remarkable run in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL).

Their goal for 2024 seems clear: to earn a medal and bring pride to their nation.

Steady performance

Turkish national women's volleyball team eyes Olympic glory
Türkiye women’s national volleyball team players take a group photo after defeating South Korea 3-0 in a FIVB Volleyball Nations League game held in the U.S., June 4, 2024. (AA Photo)

Reflecting on the team’s performance, former volleyball player Basak Koc discussed their continuous improvement. “Every week, we build on our performance,” she stated. “This year’s biggest goal is to stand on the Olympic podium.”

The team has shown consistent growth since their Olympic debut in 2012, where they finished ninth. They improved to fifth place in Tokyo, and now they are aiming for a medal in Paris, driven by confidence and accumulated experience.

The team’s strong performance in the VNL shows their preparation and ambition. They have faced formidable opponents and have emerged victorious in key matches. The squad’s captain, Eda Erdem Dundar, and star players such as Melisa Vargas and Ebrar Karakurt, have played crucial roles in their success.

Türkiye women’s team dominates VNL

Turkish national women's volleyball team eyes Olympic glory
Türkiye women’s national volleyball defeats host U.S. 3-2 in their final match of the second week of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, June 3, 2024. (AA Photo)

Currently ranked as the world’s top team, the Turkish team continues its rigorous preparation for the Olympics with a strong showing in the VNL. Despite facing setbacks, including a surprising loss to Japan, the team remains focused and resilient. Dundar, has been a steady leader, inspiring her teammates through both triumphs and challenges.

Melisa Vargas has been particularly outstanding. She has demonstrated exceptional power and agility, notably smashing a ball at 75 miles per hour against the U.S. This remarkable feat left spectators in awe and proved her value to the team. Ebrar Karakurt, another key player, has been consistently breaking records. Since 2018, she has scored 1160 points, proving her relentless drive and skill.

Uncomfortable flight

Turkish national women's volleyball team eyes Olympic glory
Türkiye women’s national volleyball team players’ social media posts about the uncomfortable flight, May 26, 2024. (Instagram)

The team’s journey to the U.S. for the VNL was marked by controversy. They traveled in economy class, a decision that sparked significant backlash on social media. Ebrar Karakurt voiced her frustration, pointing out the disparity in travel accommodations compared to other teams.

Despite these challenges, the team won all four matches in the U.S., including a critical victory against the hosts, demonstrating their resilience and focus.

Upon returning to Istanbul in business class, the team chose to focus on their victories rather than the travel controversy. Tugba Ivegin emphasized the importance of their wins, stating, “Our victory is what matters most.”

The travel issue also drew responses from various stakeholders. Turkish Airlines (THY) Press Advisor Yahya Ustun explained that flight arrangements are planned annually, considering the airline’s capacity and sponsorship commitments.

The Turkish Volleyball Federation (TVF) countered this by asserting that no upgrades were possible and that the flight arrangements were shared with THY well in advance.


With six wins out of eight matches in the VNL, Türkiye is on track to reach the finals. The team’s journey has been marked by systematic patience, enduring resilience, and a sustainable fighting spirit. As they prepare for the Paris Olympics, their motto echoes the Olympic spirit: “Higher, Faster, Stronger.”

Coach Koc remains optimistic. “This year, our story, confidence, and experience point to the podium,” she said. The team aims to overcome any obstacles and injuries, with players like Eda Erdem regaining form and others expected to return soon. The squad is also eagerly awaiting the return of key players Zehra and Hande, which will further strengthen their lineup.

The Sultans of the Net embody perseverance and excellence, ready to make their mark in Paris 2024. Their journey, filled with challenges and triumphs, continues to inspire fans and aspiring athletes alike.

Source: Newsroom

Last Updated:  Jun 6, 2024 3:26 PM