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27/04/2019 18:01
Serbia, Romania, France and the Netherlands qualify for #EuroVolleyU16W
2019 CEV U16 Volleyball European Championship - Women

Luxembourg, April 27, 2019. Serbia, Romania and the Netherlands booked their tickets to the 2019 CEV U16 Volleyball European Championship - Women, finishing with a perfect record of three wins in as many matches in their respective pools. Serbia played Hungary and grabbed the much needed one set to proceed ahead in the competition. In the last day of the qualification tournament in Ploiesti, Romania outclassed Slovakia 3-1, meaning that they finish with three victories out of three matches. The Netherlands routed Denmark to finish with a perfect record in Pool E, as France scored a 3-0 victory over Austria in Pool D to claim top spot with two matches still to play on Sunday. Germany and Poland keep up with the good rhythm in Pool B  and on Sunday will lock horns in a decisive match for securing a spot in the Finals due to take place later this year in Italy and Croatia. 

Pool A in Ub (SRB)
In the first match of the last day of the Pool A qualifier for the #EuroVolleyU16W, Greece defeated Cyprus after three short sets (25-19, 25-14, 25-16) and once again showed that they have a promising team for the future. Today the final result was not priority, so the coaches used the opportunity to test all of their players. However, the most beautiful moment of the match was seen in the end of it, when the girls of Greece and Cyprus played together a sirtaki and delighted everyone in the hall, showing the uniting power of Volleyball.

In the second match, Serbia needed only one set to qualify for the Finals of #EuroVolleyU16W. The Serbians did so after winning the first set against Hungary and claiming the final win at 3-1 (25-21, 16-25, 25-16, 25-20). The home team secured their spot in the Final Round of the competition that is due to take place in Italy and Croatia. The match was an interesting one, with all the players on the court, from both sides of the net, showing will for the win and quite an equal play. However, the Serbians were highly motivated to take the much needed set and showed better skills in the right moments. Stefana Pakic became top scorer of the match, putting 26 points to her name. 

Gabor König, head coach of Hungary: “I am very proud of my team. We have improved and showed to ourselves that we can play on a much better level than we did in the previous two days. I congratulate Serbia, they showed that they are the best team in this tournament and they deserved this ticket to the Finals. Even when we lost the first set and knew that everything was over, we found the motivation to play until the end. We just wanted to show that we like to be here.”

Zeljko Scepanovic, head coach of Serbia: “I am really very happy because we showed that our place is at the EuroVolley. We won the first set and knew we secured that spot but we continued to play well. Really this team has a big potential and the future will show that.”

Pool B in Twardogora (POL) 

Germany seized an impressive and fast 3-0 (25-7, 25-9, 25-17) victory over Sweden on the second day of the #EuroVolleyU16W qualifier in Twardogora. This was the second consecutive win for the German players. The Germans played excellent in all components and deservedly grabbed the first two sets. On the contrary, the Swedish team was struggling on the court, letting too many unforced mistakes affect their game. Only in the third set, Sweden changed pace a bit, scoring a few points in a row, but this was not enough to change the final score. On Sunday, Germany will play against their toughest opponent in the tournament – the team of Poland. 

Mira Ledermüller, captain of Germany: “The game was really nice and we played really good. The most important thing was that we played good together, as one team – we could count on each other and our substitutes made a great change. Tomorrow we will play against Poland, we know that it will be a hard game for us, but we saved our forces today, so we are ready for it! If we play all together, we will be able to fight against them!”

Poland won their second game in the #EuroVolleyU16W qualifier in Twardogora, making a huge step to advance to the Finals of the continental championship. On Saturday, the Polish players met the team of Spain and seized a 3-1 victory (25-12, 24-26, 25-13, 25-18). The fixture was not a one-sided battle since Spain showed a good performance, causing this way some problems to the Polish national team. The Red-and-White fans witnessed an interesting game and played an important role, supporting the Polish girls in the most difficult moments of the match. On Sunday, the hosts will play against Germany and it will be definitely the most important game for both teams. 

Julia Lenik, outside spiker of Poland: “The Spanish team had nothing to lose, so they played without any pressure. They knew this was their last chance in this tournament, so they felt free in their actions. Today we had some problems with our reception, but the main problem was our mentality. We were giving up when we were losing a few points in row and this had influence on our level of playing. Moreover, we didn’t have a leader who can take the responsibility on her shoulders and this also made quite a difference. Tomorrow we will play with Germany, we know what is at stake, but we have to stay focused on the game and play our Volleyball.”

The matches from Twardogora are streamed live and for free on EuroVolleyTV.

Pool C in Ploiesti (ROU)

Czech Republic and Latvia opened the programme for the last day in Pool C. The Czech players claimed a 3-1 win (25-8, 25-10, 19-25, 25-20) to make amends for their 2-3 loss to Romania on Friday. Czech Republic stormed to a 16-6 lead in the first set with solid spikes and effective serves, claiming an overwelming 25-8 set win. Zuzana Kamasova,  Tereza Havlova and Katerina Zapfova joined forces as Czech Republic dominated the second set, cruising to a 16-8 lead and eventually winning at 25-10. The course of the match changed in the third set where Anna Rita and Liva Vavere managed to spike through the Czech Republic block (16-9). Latvia continued with better defence and set the pace to win the set at 25-19. Czech Republic regrouped immediately in the fourth set and with the help of Zuzana Kamasova won it at 25-20. 

The qualification tournament that took place in Ploiesti ended with an amazing triumph of the home team that booked the ticket to the U16 Finals. Slovakia put some pressure on Team Romania only in the first set. After that, the difference between the two teams became evident, this resulting in a fairly easy 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21) victory for Romania, the third in a row in the pool. Best player of the match was Romania’s Denisa-Stefania Cheluta who contributed with 17 points to her team’s final tally. 

Adrian Radu, head coach of Romania: “Keeping the concentration was the key today. I am very proud of my girls. We won - that was the most important today. It was all about psychology, but we managed to stay calm.”

Pool D in Zaporizhzhia (UKR)

France needed 69 minutes only to record a comprehensive 3-0 victory (25-16, 26-24, 25-15) over Austria. This is enough for France to secure first place in the pool, regardless of the results of the matches scheduled for Sunday. “As we expected, France were really strong and we could not keep their pace,” said Austria head coach Olaf Mitter. “However, we had a set ball in the second set. We still lack the experience needed to win this type of matches. However, we are not too far behind. We now need to recover, as I believe that we can play at the same level as our last opponent, Ukraine. The goal now is to finish second in the pool.”

Pool E in Stara Zagora (BUL)

The Netherlands completed a clean sweep of their matches in Stara Zagora with a 3-0 shutout of Denmark (25-10, 25-12, 25-20) in just 57 minutes of play. As a result, the young ‘Oranjes’ secured the only ticket at stake to join the Final Round of the European Championship.

Eelco Beijl, head coach of the Netherlands: “We kept our concentration high until the last second of the match and we ended up with a clear victory. I am so happy to win the tournament and with the fact that we have qualified for the European Championship. We managed to outplay our hard rivals, including the hosts from Bulgaria.”

Bulgaria finished their campaign on home soil with a 3-2 victory over Belarus (22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 16-25, 15-9). Despite this success, the young ‘Lionesses’ ended the tournament in second place on a record of two wins and one loss, thus failing to qualify for the Final Round of the European Championship. Belarus had to be content with third place, with their only victory coming from the matchup against Denmark.

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