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29/04/2018 22:42
France, Тurkey join ranks of #EuroVolleyU19W finalists
2018 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women

Luxembourg, April 29, 2018.  France and Turkey qualified for the finals of the 2018 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women and joined the likes of Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Serbia and Russia, who had already qualified for #EuroVolleyU19W in Albania earlier this week. The Final Round will take place from September 1 through 9 with the participation of 12 teams.

The remaining four vacancies will be filled during the third qualification round to be held from June 28 through July 1 with the participation of the seven second-round pool runners-up – Belarus, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Slovenia, and the best-ranked third-placed team - Romania.

Pool C in Concorezzo (ITA)

Italy had already qualified for the finals, but made sure they finished their tournament at home with a win over the Czech Republic, which allowed Norway to take the second place and advance to the third qualification round after shutting out Austria earlier in the day.

Norway vs. Austria 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-19)

Norway annihilated Austria in straight sets and celebrated their first win of the tournament. The match started with an amazing 8-0 break on Live Sørbø’s serve, and the trend remained basically the same for the first two sets, in which Norway overwhelmed the opponents with nine aces. Austria tried to put some more pressure in the third set and, after an initial 1-7 lag, managed to come back to as close as 18-19, but three mistakes in a row by the Austrian team helped Norway close the match. Rugile Lavickyte showed a great performance and was the only one who reached the double digits in scoring - 15 points.

Magnus Borge Johansen, coach of Norway: “This was a really balanced group, with a lot of strange results that kept three teams really close until the end. Before the start of the match we knew we had a chance, but Austria showed a really good fighting spirit against the Czech Republic. So we were aware that we should give our best on every ball. I’m really happy for the girls.”

Czech Republic vs. Italy 1-3 (16-25, 15-25, 25-23, 14-25)

In front of sold-out stands, Italy confirmed their leadership in the pool with an impressive performance against the Czech Republic. Italian coach Massimo Bellano made some changes in the starting seven by inserting Francesca Scola, Fatim Kone and Linda Mangani, but even so Italy dominated the first two sets. The Czech Republic managed to re-open the match by winning a balanced third set thanks to an ace by Hana Judlova for 25-23, but in the fourth Italy took flight again and closed the match at 25-14 with an attack by Kone. Elena Pietrini was the top scorer of the match, contributing 20 points to her team’s win.

Massimo Bellano, coach of Italy: “We lost the third set, but in the other three we played better than in any other match. In competitions like this one, when you lower the pace, you always take some risks, against any opponent. Anyway, qualification to the final round is a very important goal for us and I hope we will continue along this path.”

Pool E in Humenne (SVK)

Turkey claimed their third victory in the pool and, with that, a spot among the finalists of #EuroVolleyU19W in Albania. Slovakia emerged victorious from the survival clash with Croatia for the second place benefit of getting another chance in the next qualification round.

Spain vs. Turkey 1-3 (22-25, 25-22, 15-25, 23-25)

It was a hard-fought win for the big favourite of the match, because Spain played bravely and very focused. Turkey finally found the way to win and finished the tournament unbeaten with nine points. Ebrar Karakurt and Derya Cebecioglu dominated the scorers, collecting 22 and 21 points, respectively.

Miguel Fuente, assistant coach of Spain: "It was our best match here in Slovakia, but it was not enough against a strong opponent like Turkey. It’s a pity that we didn’t play like this in our previous matches."

Sahin Catma, coach of Turkey: "We are happy, because we have qualified directly to the European Championship, but in general I am not satisfied with our performance here at this tournament. We saw our problems and we have to work hard in the preparation for the Final Round in Albania. At the European Championship we will play against stronger teams and we have to play much better."

Slovakia vs. Croatia 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20)

In the last match of the tournament in Humenne, Slovakia won in straight sets against Croatia, with Simona Jelinkova and captain Karolina Fricova sharing the top scoring honours with 14 points apiece. Slovakia’s second win in the pool and the advancement to the third round of the qualifications were the perfect gift for Fricova who celebrated her 18th birthday on the day of the match.

Michal Matusov, coach of Slovakia: "The second place was our goal and we made it. The third round will not be easy, but I believe that we can advance to the European Championship Finals. We are very happy. We played very well in the matches against Spain and Croatia and I am looking forward to the third round."

Pool F in Ploiesti (ROU)

In the last match of this pool, France got what they needed in the first two sets to top the final standings, before losing to hosts Romania in five sets. By shutting out Belgium in the first match of the day, Belarus practically secured their place in the third qualification round, and as it turned out they finished pool runners-up. Romania, however, are still alive in their campaign for a #EuroVolleyU19W spot, as they became the third-placed team with the best record across all seven pools and will take part in the next qualification round.

Belgium vs. Belarus 0-3 (22-25, 21-25, 15-25)

Belarus put on a strong performance in their last match of the tournament to secure second place and their spot in the third round. In the first two roller-coaster sets, the Belgian team put up quite a fight, before giving in to Belarus’s better reception and overall domination in the third. Hanna Hryshkevich was the biggest point contributor of the match, scoring 14 times for the winning side.

Romania vs. France 3-2 (24-26, 15-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-9)

Hosts Romania had to fight for five sets before they eventually edged France at the tiebreak in the last match of their home campaign at the Olimpia sports hall in Ploiesti, but France were the team that took the spot at the finals in Albania. France’s Amélie Rotar and Romania’s Alexia Ioana Carutasu were both on fire, scoring 27 and 26 points, respectively.

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