One of Turkey’s greatest players and Galatasaray SK Istanbul’s captain Neslihan Demir has announced her decision to retire from volleyball following the conclusion of this season.
The 34-year-old has been a staple in Turkish volleyball and with Galatasaray, helping the team to the Final Four of the 2018 CEV Champions League where they are set to take on CSM Volei Alba Blaj. The Turkish team advanced in the tournament by taking down Igor Gorgonzola Novara in four sets in the Playoffs 6, after losing to them in five in their first meeting. In the four-set win over Novara, Demir posted an impressive 38 points in the win and sits in fourth place with 148 total points scored in the Champions League.
The decision for Demir to end her career while she is still producing big numbers comes down to her physical state.
“There is not a day that I do not feel pain,” said Demir in an interview with melhordovolei.com.
On top of their next match in the Champions League, Galatasaray will also compete for 3rd place in the Turkish Women’s League. The team lost to VakifBank Istanbul in the semifinals, therefore they will square off against Fenerbahce for the bronze stance in the league.