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20 Turkish student athletes take a big step forward for their future through college sports

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With the support of NOMOS, 19 female Turkish athletes and 1 Turkish male athlete will compete this upcoming season in intercollegiate athletics in the States.

We are proud of our student athletes who have taken a big step towards their future and will be competing in USA’s elite leagues.

İremnur Elmas – Player of the Week!

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Irem Nur (IOWA WESTERN COMMUNİTY COLLEGE) led her nationally ranked 6th best team in the NJCAA D1 to two important wins, starting the new year impressively. With these two outstanding performances, Irem was awarded as Athlete of the Week for the entire Iowa CC Athletic Conference! The Reivers opened the 2021 season at home in Iowa against Ellsworth CC. Irem was the best scorer in the game with 10 kills, 7 digs, 4 aces, 2 blocks, and an extraordinary .588 hitting percentage! IWCC won the game  with clear set scores of  25-9 , 25-9, 25-12. On Tuesday January 26th, Irem and her Reivers were back in action, this time in an away match against Southwestern CC, again leaving no doubt to the competition, prevailing in straight sets 25-7, 25-8, 25-8. Irem had 13 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace. 1 block, and once more hitting above a ridiculous .500! Currently, Irem ranks 3rd in the entire nation in NJCAA D1, with her amazing .545 hitting percentage. She is also 6th in aces per set, 6th in points per set, and 8th in kills per set. Tebrikler iremnur! 

Yagmur Cinel, Revna Cakir and Ada Bulgur played in the first matches of the season!

Yagmur Cinel (University of Northern Iowa) opened the 2021 season at Drake with 6 kills, 1 block and 1 dig. UNI lost to their Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) rival 3-1 with set scores of 26-24, 20-25, 25-15, 25-18 but the Panthers will return to the McLeod Center on Friday when they get their rematch with in-state rival Drake at 6pm local time. 

In the second match of the weekend the UNI volleyball team traveled to Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. The Mavericks of Omaha won 3-1 with set scores 25-18, 21-25, 16-25, 23-25. Yagmur Cinel recorded 7 kills and 1 dig. 

The UNI volleyball team fell 3-0 to the #15 nationally-ranked Creighton on the road Sunday afternoon, with set scores of 15-25, 22-25, 17-25. Yagmur Cinel finished with 7 kills and 1 dig. 

The freshman outside hitter Yagmur Cinel played 3 matches (11 sets) for 3 days in a row and did everything for her team while returning from a significant ankle injury. She made an impression on the audience with her determined and competitive character.

Ada Bulgur and Revna Cakir (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) had a great start to the season. The Vaqueros jumped out to 3-1 first set lead on kills by freshman Ada Bulgur and two kills by freshman Revna Cakir, who helped the Vaqueros go up 8-5; nevertheless, UTSA prevailed in an exciting 5-set match, beating UTRGV 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-27, 18-16). In UTRGV debuts, Cakir played 2 sets and finished with three kills on three attacks (100%) and 1 block before she got injured, while Bulgur played 5 sets and finished with eight kills and seven digs. 

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros volleyball team dropped its second match of the day, 0-3 (23-25, 15-25, 18-25) to the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Friday at Dugan Wellness Center. The Vaqueros’ (0-2) lead over the Islanders (1-0) in the Showdown standings is now 12-3. The freshman outside hitter Ada Bulgur made an impression with her serves and did not allow the opposing team to play unobstructed. Bulgur finished the game with 2 aces, 3 digs and 5 kills.

Below is the list of Turkish student athletes competing in USA’s elite volleyball leagues after participating in Nomos EVE and/or had support from Nomos in the course of their US higher education journey.


Beste Ayhan 
Date of birth: 02/14/1999
Position: Middle Blocker 
Height: 6-4
University: UMBC 
Previous teams: Küçükyalı Yelken Sports Club, Mehmet Erdem Marmara Akademi Sports Club


Çağla Bengi 
Date of birth: 02/13/2001
Position: Setter 
Height: 5-9
University: Seton Hall University 
Previous teams: Nilüfer Belediyespor


Ada Bulgur 
Date of birth: 09/20/2002 
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 5-11
University: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) 
Previous teams: Bahcelievler Sports Club 


Revna Cakir 
Date of birth: 03/01/2001 
Position: Middle Blocker 
Height: 6-0
University: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
Previous teams: Bursa Nilufer Sports Club


Yağmur Cinel 
Date of birth: 04/03/2001
Position: Outside hitter 
Height: 5-11
University: University of Northern Iowa 
Previous teams: Seramiksan Sports Club, Arkas Sports Club, İzmir Büyükşehir Sports Club


İrem Nur ELMAS
Date of Birth: 09.05.2000
Position: OH
Height: 5.11
University: Iowa Western Community College
Previous Team: Bahçelievler Belediye Sports Club


Cansu Gunaydin 
Date of birth: 05/11/2001
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-0
University: Rutgers University 
Previous teams: Mehmet Erdem Marmara Akademi Sports Club, Galatasaray Sports Club


Bahar Kurtulus
Date of birth: 09/17/2002 
Position: Right side 
Height: 5-11
University: University of Cincinnati 
Previous teams: TED Ankara College Sports Club


Simay Memişoğlu
Date of Birth: 11.03.2001
Position: Middle Blocker / OH
Height: 5.11
University: University of Indıana -PA
Previous Team: Kartal Anadolu Sports Club


Date of Birth: 26.06.2002
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6-1
University: College of Southern Idaho
Previous Team: İzmir Karşıyaka Sports Club


Date of Birth: 01.10.1999
Position: Setter
Height: 6.1
University: Chicago State University
Previous Team: Kartal Anadolu Sports Club


Date of Birth: 01.01.2001
Position: Setter
Height: 6.0
University: Reinhardt University
Previous Team: Besiktas Sports Club


Melisa Nur Temiz 
Date of birth: 04/27/2002
Position: Outside hitter 
Height: 6-1
University: West Virginia University 
Previous teams: Fenerbahce Sports Club 


Damla Tokman 
Date of birth: 04/02/2002
Position: Middle blocker 
Height: 6-2 
University: Hofstra University 
Previous teams: Eczacibasi Sports Club, AtlasGlobal Yesilyurt Sports Club 


Doga Topcicek
Date of birth: 05/28/2001
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 5-11
University: Bradley University
Previous teams: Besiktas Sports Club


Melisa Töre 
Date of birth: 05/17/2001 
Position: Middle blocker 
Height: 6-2
University: Middle Tennessee State University 
Previous teams: Mehmet Erdem Marmara Akademi Sports Club, Besiktas Sports Club


Berra Tuğçe Tok
Date of Birth: 25.02.2002
Position: Middle Blocker
Height: 6.3
University: Minot State University
Previous Team: Beylikdüzü Sports Club


Elif Su Yavuz 
Date of birth: 11/07/2001
Position: Middle blocker 
Height: 6-3
University: Auburn University 
Previous teams: Halkbank Sports Club, Ted College Sports Club


Hande Yetis  
Date of birth: 07/03/2002
Position: Setter 
Height: 5-10
University: UTEP
Previous teams: Gelisim College 


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