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15/05/2011 00:00
Luxembourg restores pride with splendid final game but the crown goes to Cyprus
2011 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women

Luxembourg, May 15, 2011. The girls from Cyprus were able to emulate their countrymen who had retained their crown a week ago in Andorra by also topping the final standings of the 2011 CEV Volleyball European Championship – Small Countries Division that came to a close this afternoon at the splendid d’Coque in Luxembourg City. After stamping a couple of easy 3:0 wins over San Marino and Liechtenstein, Cyprus had quite a tough job as they crossed their ways with the hosts of Luxembourg who delivered a very strong performance to seize the game after initially trailing down 0:2 (14-25, 19-25, 27-25, 25-18, 15-10). This was definitely the best match of the tournament that run through this weekend in Luxembourg City but finally the hosts had to be content with bronze after yesterday’s defeat to San Marino and by adding to the count the second win claimed by the girls from the Italian peninsula earlier this afternoon in their match with Liechtenstein (3:1; 21-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23).
A week ago in Andorra the final standings of the men’s tournament were determined by another tie-break where Cyprus ultimately had the upper hand against the archrivals from Luxembourg.
This afternoon, supported by some 300 fans, the local heroines were able to storm back from two sets down; it looked like Cyprus was going to easily bag a third consecutive win in straight sets, but Luxembourg gradually stepped up – especially in blocking – while Cyprus gradually slowed down the pace. Luxembourg closed the operations with a splendid 15-10 in the tie-break, with Isabelle Frisch totaling a massive haul of 24 points for her side, well supported by Annalena Mach with 17, while Andrea Charalambous and Sofia Manitarou top scored for Cyprus with 18 apiece.
Although they definitely completed their home campaign with a splendid performance, still the girls of Luxembourg could not finish higher than third in the final standings after losing 1:3 to San Marino on Saturday.
The last game of the tournament as well as the awards ceremony were attended by CEV President André Meyer, who – back from China – did not miss the opportunity to grace the Small Countries Division with his presence.

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CEV President André Meyer awarding the captain of Cyprus national team, Eleni Michael

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Final standings


1. Cyprus
2. San Marino
3. Luxembourg
4. Liechtenstein

Individual Awards

MVP: Andri Iordanous (CYP)
Best Libero: Christiana David (CYP)
Best Receiver: Alejandra Maldonado (LIE)
Best Server: Betty Hoffmann (LUX)
Best Setter: Tetyana Timokhova-Siskou (CYP)
Best Scorer: Isabelle Frisch (LUX)
Best Spiker: Elisa Parenti (SMR)

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