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Women's Volleyball CEV Under 19 European Championship 2018

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:NED Netherlands - :HUN Hungary
:DEN Denmark - :SRB Serbia


:RUS Russia - :SLO Slovenia



:AUT Austria - :CZE Czech Republic 
:NOR Norway - :ITA Italy



:BUL Bulgaria - :SUI Switzerland

:EST Estonia - :GRE Greece


::CRO Croatia - :ESP Spain
:SVK Slovakia - :TUR Turkey



:FRA France - :BLR Belarus
:ROU Romania - :BEL Belgium


:POL Poland - :POR Portugal
:GER Germany - :LAT Latvia


WATCH THE GAMES AT https://www.laola1.tv/en-at/channel/volleyball

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:NED Netherlands 3-0 :HUN Hungary
:DEN Denmark 1-3 :SRB Serbia


:RUS Russia 3-2 :SLO Slovenia



:AUT Austria 3-2 :CZE Czech Republic 
:NOR Norway 0-3 :ITA Italy



:BUL Bulgaria 3-0 :SUI Switzerland

:EST Estonia 0-3 :GRE Greece


::CRO Croatia 3-1 :ESP Spain
:SVK Slovakia 0-3 :TUR Turkey



:FRA France 3-0 :BLR Belarus
:ROU Romania 3-2 :BEL Belgium


:POL Poland 3-0 :POR Portugal
:GER Germany 3-0 :LAT Latvia

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Russia first to qualify for #EuroVolleyU19W Finals in Albania 


Luxembourg, April 27, 2018. Russia, who are the U18 European champions from last year, are the first team to join hosts Albania in the Final Round of this year’s CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship – Women. They did so after recording their second win in as many matches in Anapa, storming to a 3-0 dispatch of Slovenia to go with yesterday’s victory by the same score over Finland. On Saturday, Bulgaria and Greece will fight for the top spot in Pool D as much as Serbia and the Netherlands will be doing in Pool A – while Germany and Poland are set for a similar showdown in Pool G. 

The winners of the seven second-round qualifiers will all progress to the Finals scheduled for early September in Albania. The runners-up and the third-placed team with the best score across all pools will have one more opportunity to achieve this feat in the third and last qualifying stage in late June. 

Pool A in Zrenjanin (SRB)  

The Netherlands vs. Hungary 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-17) 

In the first match of the second day at the #EuroVolleyU19W qualifier in Zrenjanin, the Netherlands beat Hungary without any major problems 3-0 in just 64 minutes. The difference in class between the two teams was obvious and Hungary never posed a real threat to the Dutch side. 

“I think that Hungary fell under the pressure of having to stay in the tournament. We were not so much better today, but we knew how to make the most of their mistakes,” said Julien Van de Vyver, head coach of the Dutch team.


Denmark vs. Serbia 1-3 (10-25, 21-25, 25-22, 16-25) 

In the second match of the day, hosts Serbia struggled with Denmark but ultimately won 3-1 and set the stage for the decider with the Netherlands on Saturday. After winning the opening set with ease, Serbia pretty much suffered in this match. The Danish girls were an equal opponent and gave quite a scare to the home fans. However, in the end, the sheer quality of the Serbian side determined the eventual winner of this fixture.

“We tried to prepare as much as we can for the matchup with the Dutch team coming up tomorrow, so we struggled a bit and the result shows all of our weaknesses. We have to be at least 50% better to stand a chance of winning this tournament,” said Marijana Boričić, head coach of Serbia.

Pool B in Anapa (RUS)

Russia vs. Slovenia 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-18) 

After claiming Thursday’s opening match with Finland, Russia secured their participation in the #EuroVolleyU19W Finals after recording a 3-0 victory in their matchup with Slovenia. However, it was not that easy since Slovenia jumped to an 8-6 lead in the first set with the help of Ajda Scuka and Brina Bracko, and the visitors set the pace of the game at the second technical timeout as well (16-11). Russia trailed 13-19 despite many substitutions but eventually fought back to 17-20 with the attacks killed by Oxana Yakushina. Slovenia coach Boris Klokocovnik asked for a break but Russia levelled the count at 21-all before scoring four in a row to win the set. 
Russia claimed a small lead at the first technical timeout of the second set (8-7) and widened their advantage to 16-12 despite Slovenia’s attempts to fight back. Klokocovnik made a number of changes to the starting six but Russia comfortably won the second set 25-19 with three blocks from Viktoriia Pushina. 
Slovenia stormed to an 8-4 lead in the third set to stay alive in the match but Russia fought back to 14-all. Pushina and Tatiana Kadochkina eventually helped Russia secure a 3-0 victory and with it a ticket to the Final Round as well. 


Boris Klokocovnik, head coach of Slovenia: “The Russian team was the better one today. They served better and put a lot of pressure on us. I did not like how we performed today. Moreover, Russia is a more experienced team.” 

Alja Jerala, captain of Slovenia: “We started very well. We had a lot of energy and we had good reception. Nevertheless, in the end we made mistakes. Russia was stronger than we were.”

Alexander Karikov, head coach of Russia: “Our main aim was to win and we won. I am very satisfied with the result. I was a very difficult match and we showed our character.” 

Viktoriia Pushina, player of Russia: “I am very happy because we won the match and the tournament. It was difficult for us. We made mistakes but we could stabilise our game.” 

Pool C in Concorezzo (ITA) 

Austria vs. Czech Republic 3-2 (13-25, 25-17, 25-20, 3-25, 15-13) 

A sensational Austria, against all odds, stormed to their first victory over Czech Republic in the opening match of the competition. The Czech dominated the first set but were unprepared to the great reaction of Austria, which, inspired by Jasmin Haslinger, won the second set and easily cruised through the third (8-3, 18-10) as well. Thanks to some substitutions, the Czech Republic tied the match with a landslide win in the fourth (25-3), but Austria turned the tables in the tiebreak with a decisive comeback from 10-12 and closed the match thanks to the powerful arm of Anamarija Galic, best scorer (21) and tallest player of Pool C (197 cm).

Benedikt Frank, head coach of Austria: “It is really crazy to win a match after you lost a set like we did in the fourth one. It was totally unexpected, but we have tough ladies that are really good in finding motivation to come back and leave behind what was going on before. I am very proud of them. To us, this match was like a little final, because we never beat the Czech Republic before tonight: now, on to the next final!”


Italy vs. Norway 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-11) 

Italy had more problems than expected to defeat Norway in three straight sets. The home team, cheered by a crowd of more than 550 supporters, had troubles in coping with the Norwegian star player Emilie Olimstad, who moved the score to 17-15 by scoring five points in a row, but in the end the Azzurrine managed to close the first set in their favour and did so quite easily (25-18). Norway was an even worse headache for the hosts in the second set: the home team trailed 11-14, but the serve of Fatim Kone made the crucial break with a string of five points for the hosts. The third set, on the other hand, went smoothly and resulted in an easy win for Italy (8-5, 16-9, 25-11).

Magnus Borge Johansen, head coach of Norway: “We know that Italy are a really good team, and yet we managed to put them in trouble in the first part of the match. We are very happy about the two first sets, while in the third the difference was too big. We are going to rest and will try to play again like this in the next two games.”

Marina Lubian, player of Italy: “It is always important to win the first match, but I think we could have played better, especially in the first two sets. In my opinion, we showed who we really are only in the third set, even if there is still a lot to work to do. We have to improve especially in block and defence.” 

Pool D in Portaria / Volos (GRE)  

Bulgaria and hosts Greece remained undefeated and secured at least a berth in the next round of the #EuroVolleyU19W qualifiers, but one of the two can grab a direct ticket from Pool D to the finals in Albania next September when they come head-to-head on Saturday at Portaria.

Bulgaria vs. Switzerland 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-14)

Bulgaria made a flawless performance against Switzerland, with Dobrina Hristoskova once again leading the scoring on 20 points. “We played very well, with very few mistakes,” said Bulgaria coach Asen Metodiev after the match. “Our service was better than yesterday and I hope tomorrow we can produce the same good quality elements.” 


Estonia vs. Greece 0-3 (24-26, 14-25, 10-25) 

Greece struggled in the first set against Estonia, but coach Nikolaos Boutsouris shifted the team around a bit and the home side quickly picked up, with Dimitra Tziarli coming off the bench for 5/5 kills plus five blocks and a total of 10 points, as Effrosyni Alexakou and Georgia Tselepi shared top-scoring honours with 11 points each.

“In the first set we had our mind on tomorrow’s game against Bulgaria, instead of focusing on the matter at hand - Estonia. But now we need to improve for the last day, as Bulgaria are a level above us in readiness,” said Boutsouris after the game.

Pool E in Humenne (SVK) 

Croatia vs. Spain 3-1 (16-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-16) 

Spain started the match with 11 straight points as they took the opening set 25-16, but Croatia improved the level of their performance after changes to their starting line-up and eventually won the match in four sets.

Pascual Saurin, coach of Spain: “The first set and part of the second were good from our side, but after that we started to make a lot of mistakes. From the second set, we were not good in reception and it is difficult to play without reception. We need more experience.”

Ivica Radocaj, assistant coach of Croatia: “We started slowly, as some of the girls participate for the first time in their career in such an important tournament. After some changes we improved, our wing-spiker Luna Becic was our key player. Our goal is to qualify to the third round, because we think that Turkey is the strongest team here.” 


Turkey vs. Slovakia 3-0 (28-26, 25-14, 25-15) 

In the second match of the day, hosts Slovakia wasted a compelling 19-13 lead in the first set of their game with heavy favourite Turkey and failed to cash two set points as well. Turkey eventually won the first set 28-26 and after that, they easily wrapped up the match in three. 

Sahin Catma, head coach of Turkey: “We did not play well in the first set. We expected that, because the first match in a tournament is always difficult. However, after that we started to play our game, we are happy that we won, but we need to play better in order to be successful.” 

Michal Matušov, head coach of Slovakia: “We lost the first set because of our own mistakes and it is a pity. The match could have developed differently if we had won the first set. Every set, every point is important in this tournament, so we are unhappy about that. Anyway, we have two important games ahead of us against Spain and Croatia and we need to focus on them.” 

Pool F in Ploiesti (ROU) 

France vs. Belarus 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-23) 

France and Belarus opened the programme in Pool F on Friday afternoon with the young “Bleues” edging past their opponents in three sets (26-24, 25-22, 25-23) to open their quest for a ticket to the Finals on a very high note. Although both teams looked very determined, Belarus struggled to find a way to stand France’s rhythm with the young French girls showing more playing options and changing gear down the final stretch in each of the three sets.


Romania vs. Belgium 3-2 (17-25, 25-16, 25-15, 16-25, 15-10) 

On the second day of action in Ploiesti, the young Romanians claimed a hard-fought victory over Belgium after five closely contested sets. The young “Yellow Tigers” took the lead in the first set and the players coached by Fien Callens put up a fight setting the pace up until the end (25-17). Romania took their revenge in the second set where they set the tempo from start to finish. The home team continued displaying a great performance in the third set as well, not allowing Belgium to come back. The visitors responded by doing the same in set four, which they took at 25-16. Romania changed the course of the match once again in the tiebreak where the home team reached the victory at 15-10 to celebrate their first success in the tournament after losing 2-3 to Belarus the day before. 

Pool G in Vilsbiburg (GER) 

Poland vs. Portugal 3-0 (25-18, 25-9, 25-10) 

Poland claimed their second 3-0 victory in as many matches at the European qualifier in Vilsbiburg. Some 24 hours after the 3-0 win they had recorded to start the tournament against Latvia, the team of head coach Waldemar Kawka stormed to yet another 3-0 victory against Portugal. 

The underdogs from the Iberian Peninsula got off to a good start, which resulted in an early 9-6 lead. Midway through the first set, however, the young Polish team gathered momentum, but the Portuguese would not go down without a fight. Poland eventually claimed the first set 25-18, thus living up to their status of pre-favourites in this fixture. There was no doubt about the Polish dominance in the second and third sets. It is noteworthy to single out a couple of impressive jump serves by Oliwia Baluk, who moved the score from 2-1 to 13-1 while standing behind the service line. Baluk scored a total of 13 points, thus finishing as top scorer for her team. Marlene Pereira scored five times for Portugal.

Portugal coach Manuel Almeida, was quite satisfied with the first set: “We played a very consistent first set, made a few mistakes and almost managed to keep the match equal. However, Poland took their game to the next level afterwards and we were not able to keep their pace anymore.” 

His Polish colleague Waldemar Kawka had a different view of the game: “We were too nervous and we made too many mistakes in the first set. After that, we improved, especially with our serve.” With the last match against Germany in mind, the Polish coach added, “Germany is the favourite to win this tournament but we want to cause an upset.”


Latvia vs. Germany 0-3 (8-25, 18-25, 11-25) 

The qualification tournament held in Vilsbiburg is heading towards the grand finale: just a few hours after Poland beat Portugal 3-0, Germany also won their second game in a row. The team of head coach Martin Watne Frydnes stormed to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Latvia. Saturday’s matchup between Germany and Poland will be the final showdown with a coveted ticket to the European Championship in Albania in September at stake. 

The German victory was never really in danger. In the first and third sets, the young ‘Schmetterlinge’ were far superior. The second set was more competitive but the Germans persevered to secure a 3-0 victory. All in all Germany showed a consistent and stable performance. Taking into consideration that some of the German players had to sit out the match because of a gastroenteritis the team’s performance was even more remarkable. Lina Alsmeier and Luisa Keller (13 points apiece), Josepha Bock (12) and Romy Jatzko (9) set the pace for the home side. Marta Kamelija Levinska (8) was the best scorer for the losing team. 

Latvia’s coach Pavels Selivanovs was sparing of words after his team’s loss: “No comment. Yesterday against Poland we were afraid, and today the same.” 

Germany coach Martin Watne Frydnes sounded already focussed on Saturday’s match against Poland: “Now regeneration is on the schedule and then we are getting ready for Poland. We need to be in good shape for tomorrow’s match. I think the chances of winning are 50:50, and with the support of our fans we want to bring our A-game.”

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:HUN Hungary - :DEN Denmark

:NED Netherlands - :SRB Serbia



:FIN Finland - :SLO Slovenia



:CZE Czech Republic - :NOR Norway
:AUT Austria - :ITA Italy



:SUI Switzerland - :EST Estonia

:BUL Bulgaria - :GRE Greece 


:ESP Spain - :SVK Slovakia

:CRO Croatia - :TUR Turkey



:BEL Belgium - :FRA France


:LAT Latvia - :POR Portugal
:GER Germany - :POL Poland


WATCH THE GAMES AT https://www.laola1.tv/en-at/channel/volleyball

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:HUN Hungary 1-3 :DEN Denmark

:NED Netherlands 1-3 :SRB Serbia



:FIN Finland 0-3 :SLO Slovenia



:CZE Czech Republic 3-2 :NOR Norway
:AUT Austria 0-3 :ITA Italy



:SUI Switzerland 3-0 :EST Estonia

:BUL Bulgaria 3-2 :GRE Greece 


:ESP Spain 0-3 :SVK Slovakia

:CRO Croatia 1-3 :TUR Turkey



:BEL Belgium 2-3 :FRA France


:LAT Latvia 1-3 :POR Portugal
:GER Germany 3-2 :POL Poland

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Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia, Poland make finals of #EuroVolleyU19W 


Luxembourg, April 28, 2018.  Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia and Poland secured their spots at the Final Round of the 2018 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women in Albania after claiming victories in their respective qualification pools on Saturday.

After Russia were the first to qualify for the finals on Friday, the remaining two tickets available to the pool winners of the second round, as well as the complete line-up for the third qualification round will become known on Sunday.

Pool A in Zrenjanin (SRB)

Serbia defeated the Netherlands in the last decisive match for the first place in Pool A. The Dutch will have another chance of securing their ticket to Albania in the third qualification round. Denmark finished third in the pool after a four-set win over Hungary.

Hungary vs. Denmark 1-3 (22-25, 19-25, 25-11, 20-25)

The volleyball fans in Zrenjanin saw an interesting match. Except for the third set, when they completely lost focus, Denmark were the better team and deservedly finished the tournament with a victory. Sofia Nørager Bisgaard contributed 19 points to the victory to become the best scorer of the match.


Netherlands vs. Serbia 1-3 (30-28, 16-25, 15-25, 18-25)

Serbia started with confidence and stayed in charge throughout the most part of the first set, but after 22-20 the Dutch surprised the hosts with several great points and went on to seize the initial lead. However, Serbia were not to be distracted. They continued in the same rhythm and easily grabbed the following three sets to take the first place in the tournament. Sara Caric was the best scorer of the game with 20 points for the winning side.


Marijana Boricic, coach of Serbia: “It was a tough match from a psychological point of view. The Dutch are well prepared, but I think that we are the better team, and when my girls realised it on court, they started to be more relaxed and showed their best game. I congratulate them for this wonderful result.”

Julien Van de Vyver, coach of the Netherlands: “I think there is no loser today. We are going to the third round and that's OK with me.”

Pool B in Anapa (RUS)

Slovenia shut out Finland in the direct battle for the second place in Pool B and qualified for the third qualification round. Hosts Russia had won the pool on Friday, booking their ticket to the finals in Albania.

Finland vs. Slovenia 0-3 (20-25, 23-25, 20-25)

The match started with a slight advantage for Slovenia, gained through the sharp serving of Alja Jerala for 5-1. Finland’s oach Luca Chiappini used a time-out, but Slovenia went far ahead to 10-3. Finland, headed by its captain Suvi Kokkonen, tried to reduce the score gap and at 13-16 Slovenia coach Boris Klokocovnik was forced to take a time-out. Finland started playing more consistently, using back-court spikes by Saana Lindgren, but Slovenia won several counter strikes to close it off at 25-20. Finland tried to regroup in the second set, but several mistakes in defence helped Slovenia to an 8-5 lead. The Slovenian players made several net violations while Finland found the right consistency in reception and in Kokkonen’s spiking, tying it at 17-17 and going 21-19 ahead. Klokocovnik used a time-out and the two teams started trading points, but Slovenia was luckier - 25-23. Slovenia showed their desire to win and with booming spikes by Ajda Scuka took a 10-5 lead in set 3. Poor reception by Slovenia allowed Finland to narrow their deficit to 15-16, but Eva Zatkovic served several aces in a row for 20-16 before Alja Jerala scored for the final 25-20. Suvi Kokkonen scored 20 times for Finland to top the game’s chart.


Luca Chiappini, coach of Finland: “We could have played better. We made too many mistakes today.”

Suvi Kokkonen, captain of Finland: “Everything we could do was not enough to win the game. We did not have a good pass today. We attacked only through a couple of players.”

Boris Klokocovnik, coach of Slovenia: “It was a very nervous game for us. We wanted to win too badly. Finland have a good game in defence. We are happy to have won today.”

Brina Bracko, player of Slovenia: “We tried to win, because it was our last chance to win. We have a lot of work to do to be better.”

Pool C in Concorezzo (ITA)

Italy’s second straight-setter in a row made them unreachable on top of Pool C. The race among the other three teams in the pool is still wide open before the last competition day on Sunday.

Czech Republic vs. Norway 3-2 (25-19, 25-15, 23-25, 18-25, 15-7)

The Czech Republic celebrated their first win in the tournament, but it took them five sets to overcome Norway’s resistance. In the opening set, the Czech spiker Denisa Pavlikova pushed her team forward to an easy win. Middle blockers Hana Judlova and Magdalena Jehlarova were on fire in the second set, also dominated by their team. However, Norway reopened the match after a balanced third set, closed with an ace by Tuva Aarestad. The fight went on in the fourth set. Two aces in a row by Birgitte Maaseide opened up Norway’s way to the tiebreak. In the end, it was the Czechs who prevailed, again thanks to Jehlarova’s amazing serve. She became the top scorer of the match with 23 points, including six aces.


Erik Nezhoda, coach of the Czech Republic: “We absolutely had to win to stay in the run for qualification. We managed to do it after five sets, even if we didn’t play so well. Tomorrow we have to be at 100% against Italy. Otherwise we will have no chance to compete.”

Austria vs. Italy 0-3 (16-25, 14-25, 15-25)

The home team took advantage of their physical and technical superiority, never allowing the opponents to jeopardize the final result. The Azzurrine, led in scoring by Elena Pietrini (12 points) and Valeria Battista (10 points), dominated the first two sets. Austria had little to state in the third set as well and it was soon all over.


Massimo Bellano, coach of Italy: “Qualification was our first goal and we have reached it. In our second match we played better Volleyball than yesterday. We made some mistakes at the serve, but this is normal. We are trying to raise our level high to compete with the best teams in Europe and all over the world.”

Pool D in Portaria / Volos (GRE)

It was a tight decider to determine the sole direct ticket to the finals from Pool D and although the game swung to and fro countless times, Bulgaria outshone the hosts for a hard-earned win over Greece, leaving the hosts in second and on their way to the third qualification round. Switzerland bagged their first win in the pool, downing Estonia in straight sets to retain slim hopes of staying alive in the competition.

Switzerland vs. Estonia 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-22)

Elisa Suriano led the scoring with 14 points for Switzerland, who proved far more efficient in attack for an overall comfortable victory.


Frieder Strohm, coach of Switzerland: "It wasn't easy to bounce back after two defeats, but we started well, despite having our ups and downs. Now we need to wait and see if we can be the best of the 3rd-ranked teams to continue in round 3 of the qualifiers."

Bulgaria vs. Greece 3-2 (25-13, 10-25, 25-20, 15-25, 15-11)

Led by top scorers Borislava Saykova (17 points) and Aleksandra Milanova (16), Bulgaria outblocked Greece 18 to 9 (including eght stuffs from Saykova alone), countering the pressure that the home side applied from the service line producing 12 aces (five from captain Effrosyini Alexakou) to Bulgaria's nine. Alexakou was the overall best scorer of the match with 22 points.


Asen Metodiev, coach of Bulgaria: "We are very happy. We dreamed about participating in the finals. The match was very difficult because we have the same quality of Volleyball as the Greek team do, but today God was with us and we won. The Greeks are a great team and I wish them the best of luck in the next round, because they deserve to be in the finals."

Pool E in Humenne (SVK)

Turkey managed their second win in the pool and got well within reach of a ticket to the finals in Albania. Hosts Slovakia claimed their first win in Humenne setting up a survival clash with Croatia on Sunday.

Spain vs. Slovakia 0-3 (20-25, 12-25, 13-25)

Slovakia dominated throughout the match, especially in attack and service. The first set was close, but the second and the third turned into an exhibition of the home team. Bianka Bodnarova, Simona Jelinkova and Karolina Fricova shared the top scoring honours with ten points each for Slovakia.


Miguel Fuente, assistant coach of Spain: "We played very badly today. Our reception was awful and we produced too many mistakes. We came here to Slovakia to try to finish in second place, but after two losses we have no chance to do it. We will continue working and I think our team will improve in the future."

Michal Matusov, coach of Slovakia: "We were concentrated, disciplined and I am satisfied with the performance of our team today. We have defended against their two most dangerous players and that was one of the keys to our victory. We need one more win tomorrow, against Croatia, and I hope that we will play as well as we did today."

Croatia vs. Turkey 1-3 (25-22, 15-25, 17-25, 20-25)

Croatia surprised the pre-favourites from Turkey with a good and brave performance, winning the first set 25-22. Turkey improved their game after the first set and eventually collected their second win in Humenne. Derya Cebecioglu outscored everyone else on the court, contributing 20 points (including five aces) to the victory.


Miodrag Stojakovic, coach of Croatia: "We lost, but I think we did well. The players followed the game plan, but we made a lot of mistakes and a team like Turkey used it to their advantage. Tomorrow’s game will be important for us and for Slovakia. The winner will finish second, but also a loss in five sets could be enough to qualify for the third round."

Sahin Catma, coach of Turkey: "We did not play well. Serving and reception are the two most important things in Volleyball and we did not play well at these skills. Our potential is bigger as we have shown, but what is important is to win. We will be ready for tomorrow.”

Pool F in Ploiesti (ROU)

Yet another five-setter was played in Pool F, as France snatched a tie-breaker victory over Belgium in Saturday’s only match in Ploiesti. The Belgians no longer have a shot at the top of the pool, but everything else is up for grabs and all teams are still in contention for Albania.

Belgium vs. France 2-3 (20-25, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24, 12-15)

The teams started the match showing excellent play in defence with Belgium eventually leading the way 16-14, paced by their captain Nikita De Paepe. With their solid attacks, France turned the score around before Amélie Rotar closed the opening set at 25-20.  France were up by 8-6 at the first technical time-out of the second set, the score remained very close up to 15-15 and then was drawn again at 20-20 as both teams showed some excellent Volleyball. A very close battle unfolded in the final section of the set with France showing strong nerves to cash the final 25-23.

France claimed an 8-7 lead in the early phases of the third set. Belgium stormed back to take a 16-11 advantage. They kept up their powerful attacks of Felice Vanassche and as France woke up a little late they could not prevent Belgium from winning the third set by 25-22. Belgium’s outside spiker Felice Vanassche led her team to an 8-4 and a 16-14 lead in the fourth set. France fought back up to 21-21, but then the nerves hit the girls in white. Belgium took over the initiative and won dramatically by 26-24.

The Belgian girls showed great fighting spirit in set 5. The young Yellow Tigers took a 5-2 lead before France responded with an amazing Amélie Rotar who sealed their second victory in the tournament at 15-12, piling up an incredible contribution of as many as 36 points.


Pool G in Vilsbiburg (GER)

Poland snatched the first place in the pool and the ticket to the finals after a phenomenal comeback from two sets down against hosts Germany in the decisive last match in Vilsbiburg. The home team will have to settle for a spot in the third qualification round, while Latvia finished third in the pool by beating Portugal.

Portugal vs. Latvia 1-3 (17-25, 14-25, 25-23, 14-25)

After a slow start, the Latvian team were the dominant one, especially in the first two sets. In the third set, Portugal were often five points ahead and managed to preserve the lead for a 25-23 win. In the fourth set the team of coach Manuel Almeida were not able to maintain the level of play from the third and lost by a wide margin. Latvia’s Marta Kamēlija Levinska top scored with 24 points.


Manuel Almeida, coach of Portugal: “We had some good scenes, but not nearly enough of them. In some parts of the game, we did not just not score our points, but we scored for the opponents.”

Pavels Selivanovs, coach of Latvia: “We wanted to find a way to win our first game. We were able to do so, but we can still improve.”

Poland vs. Germany 3-2 (20-25, 18-25, 26-24, 26-24, 15-12)

What a match to wrap up the tournament in Vilsbiburg! The unbeaten teams of Germany and Poland squared off in dramatic fashion in a duel at the Ballsporthalle in Vilsbiburg that kept the 700 people in attendance on their toes. The match was intense, played with passion and evenly matched throughout the game. The German side won the first two sets in convincing fashion and had a 19-16 lead in the third. The set, however, went into overtime, with the Polish team giving everything they got, to prevent the 0-3 loss... And they were successful.  They won the third set 26-24 and went on to win the fourth as well by the exact same score. Everything came down to a tiebreak, which was even more exciting. Poland led by 10-6, but Germany refused to give up and managed to tie the game at 12-12. But that was all for the Germans in this memorable match. In the end the Polish team won 15-12 and celebrated victorious. Poland’s Zuzanna Gorecka was the top scorer with 23 points.


Ireneusz Waleczek, assistant coach of Poland: “Both Paulina Damaske and the second libero Julia Mazur played a major role in the comeback in the third and the fourth sets. We were mentally tough. Now we are very, very happy!”

Martin Watne Frydnes, coach of Germany: “I am disappointed on the one hand; on the other, I am unbelievably proud of my team. We gave it everything we got in the tank. And even when we were completely exhausted, we still fought on. We want to take our second chance, though.”


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:NOR Norway 3-0 :AUT Austria

:ITA Italy 3-1 :CZE Czech Republic


:ESP Spain 1-3 :TUR Turkey
:CRO Croatia 0-3 :SVK Slovakia


:BEL Belgium 0-3 :BLR Belarus

:ROU Romania 3-2 :FRA France

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Draw for #EuroVolleyU19W produces pools for Septembers Final Round in Albania 



Tirana, Albania, May 9, 2018.  Following the U20 Mens draw yesterday, today it was the turn of the 2018 U19 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women with the draw being held earlier today in Tirana (ALB) at the "Kastrati Hotel & Tower".  As in previous editions, 12 teams will go head to head across a 9-day period for gold, starting in two pools of six teams before moving to the knock-out stage.

Final Round matches commence later this year on 1st September, with the final being played on the 9th September 2018.  The top two teams from this tournament will qualify for the 2019 edition of the FIVB Women's U20 World Championship. 

34 teams started in the championship back in January and while eight of the Final Round teams are already known, the final four teams will come from the 3rd Round tournaments which are scheduled for the end of June and will be composed as follows:

Pool H in Ploiesti (ROU): Romania, Germany, Norway, Belarus
Pool I in Greece (venue tbc): Greece, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia 

As hosts of the Final Round, Albania chose to be in the top spot of Pool I, while all other teams were drawn - first those teams that were already confirmed, followed by those still to be qualified.

The composition of the two preliminary pools for the Final Round is as follows:

Pool I in Durres (ALB): Albania, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria, Winner of 3rd Round Pool H, Second placed team from 3rd Round Pool I

Pool II in Tirana (ALB): Turkey, Russia, Serbia, France, Winner of 3rd Round Pool I , Second placed team from 3rd Round Pool H

The top two from each pool will progress to the semis and play for the medals – whilst the third and fourth-placed teams from each group will contest the classification matches 5-8.

The match schedule for the pool stage of the competition will be made available on CEV website shortly.

Russia (pictured below) won gold in the 2016 edition of the #EuroVolleyU19W held in Slovakia and Hungary, while Serbia and Turkey settled for the silver and bronze medals, respectively.


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