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05/08/2014 16:52
Co-hosts of U19 European Championship warm up with series of friendlies
2014 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women

Kuortane, Finland, August 5, 2014.  The co-hosts of the upcoming 2014 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women, Estonia and Finland are playing a series of friendly games in preparation of the continental finals starting on August 16 in the cities of Tartu and Tampere.

The first three matches between the two junior national teams took place in Finland.  The home side scored a convincing victory in the first one shutting out the Estonians by 3:0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-19) and winning an additional set by 25-18 to the satisfaction of the spectators in Kuortane.  Kristiine Miilen made 12 points for the visiting side to become the best scorer of the match.  Finland’s Roosa Nieminen and Ronja Heikkiniemi were responsible for 10 points each.

The second game was by far the most exciting one of the three so far.  A tie-breaker that went into overtime decided the winner shaping up the final 3:2 (19-25, 25-17, 25-17, 14-25, 18-16) in favor of Estonia, which managed to save three match points for the opponent.  Kristiine Miilen contributed 22 points to this victory to once again top the scorers’ chart of the match, while this time Anna Rantala was Finland’s most prolific player with 13 points.

Estonia was again victorious in the third match winning it by 3:1 (24-26, 26-24, 26-24, 25-14) in what was, as the set scores may suggest, another tough battle between the two squads.  And once again, Kristiine Miilen showed her brilliant scoring skills piling up 21 points for her team, while Ronja Heikkiniemi was responsible for 14 of Finland’s points.

This friendly series will continue this week, but on Estonian ground, at the A. Le Coq sports hall in Tartu, where Preliminary Pool I games and semifinal and final matches of the U19 European Championship are scheduled to take place from August 16 through 24.

Click here for more details on the 2014 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women.

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