Gülden Kayalar Kuzubaşıoğlu

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Gülden Kayalar Kuzubaşıoğlu
Personal information
BornGülden Kayalar
(1980-12-05) December 5, 1980 (age 38)
Samsun, Turkey
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Volleyball information
PositionLibero
Current clubEczacıbaşı Zentiva
Number2
Career
YearsTeams
2003-2011Eczacıbaşı Zentiva
National team
Turkey

Gülden Kayalar Kuzubaşıoğlu, née Kayalar, (born 5 December 1980 in Samsun, Turkey) is a Turkish female volleyball player. She is 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) tall and plays as libero. She plays for Eczacıbaşı Zentiva since 2003 and wears the number 2. She also played for Ankara Numunespor, Şanlıurfa Gençlikspor.

Career[edit]

"I started playing volleyball in elementary school in Samsun at the age of eight", is how she describes the start of her career. Her first club team was Ladikspor. After Ladikspor she transferred to Samsun Atakum and DSI Spor before playing for the first division team Şanlıurfa Gençlikspor (2002–03). Then she signed a contract with Ankara Numunespor. At the beginning of the preparation phase for the European Championships, Gülden was chosen (out of a selection of many experienced libero players) as a candidate for the libero position in the national team. To her surprise, and to the amazement of many volleyball authorities, the national team coaches chose her to represent the Turkish colours in the European Championships 2002-03. Gülden tried her utmost to deserve this honor. "Being a part of the National Team means everything to me. I was very excited as I was just at the beginning of my career and was so afraid of not being successful. My team mates were very understanding and supportive. At the first national camp there were already two liberos and I did not expect to be chosen for the team. However, when they finally announced my selection, I was extremely excited'' she said.

During her first international appearance at the 23rd European Championships she demonstrated her defensive strengths with some great actions, thus becoming a very effective weapon and the mascot of the national team of Turkey. At the end of the EC she was declared the best digger of the tournament. Although having lost the final to Poland, it has nevertheless been Turkey’s biggest success in the history of the European Championships.

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Awards
Preceded by
Brazil Fernanda Garay
Best Receiver of
FIVB World Grand Prix

2012
Succeeded by
Not awarded
Preceded by
Romania Nicoleta Tolisteanu
Best Receiver of
European Championship

2005
Succeeded by
Russia Liubov Shashkova