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17/05/2015 23:06
Cyprus retain women’s SCD crown, Scotland and Luxembourg complete podium
2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women

Schaan, Liechtenstein, May 17, 2015. As many had predicted, Cyprus added another gold medal to their collection from the Small Countries Division of the CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship as the Final Round came to a close on Sunday in Schaan after three days blessed with Volleyball and fair play. Though Scotland proved a close competitor for Cyprus, the players from the Mediterranean island were the ones to prevail in the end as they could count on their solid team work, outstanding individual skills and also on the right degree of self-confidence. This way Cyprus retained the title they had won two years ago in Malta with Scotland and Luxembourg completing the podium.

As for the young team of Liechtenstein, the hosts of the competition had to be content with fifth place and just one set won in the four matches they contested throughout the weekend. However, the competition was a major success with 850 fans in attendance throughout the three days and ten matches played in Schaan from Friday through Sunday. Liechtenstein had highs and lows throughout the competition but they lacked power and accuracy in their attacking game whilst their block was not consistent and solid enough. Their opposite Corina Schmuck was regularly one of the best hitters in the games she played whilst Alejandra Maldonado delivered a solid performance in attack and reception as well but ultimately it was enough only to take one set from their match with the Faroe Islands.

The outsiders from the Faroe Islands showed their value in two classy matches where they played at eye level with the top two teams from the competition, i.e. Cyprus and Scotland. They showed very solid Volleyball but in the end they had to settle for fourth place after winning ‘only’ one of their four matches.

The young team from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was probably the weakest from a physical standpoint but with the help of their star opposite Annalena Mach – who currently plays in Germany’s first division for VC WIESBADEN – they found enough energy and consistency to win bronze.

In what was a direct duel for the gold medal, the Scots were beaten at the tie-break by Cyprus on Saturday. 2012 Olympian Lynne Beattie – who also played professionally in Spain – received the awards for the MVP and Best Outside Spiker of the competition, but Cyprus could count on their ‘wide’ roster to score the key points and claim a five-set win that further boosted their chances to go for gold.

Dream Team

MVP: Lynne Beattie (SCO)
Best Opposite: Zoi Konstantopoulou (CYP)
Best Setter: Joanne Morgan (SCO)
Best Outside Spiker: Lynne Beattie (SCO)
Second Best Outside Spiker: Sofia Purkhus (FAR)
Best Middle Blocker: Katerina Zakchaiou (CYP)
Second Best Middle Blocker: Catherine Smy (SCO)
Best Libero: Maryse Welsch (LUX)

Fair Play Award: Team Faroe Islands

Final standing

1.    Cyprus
2.    Scotland
3.    Luxembourg
4.    Faroe Islands
5.    Liechtenstein

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