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11/09/2005 00:00
ITALY DEFENDS EUROPEAN CHAMPION TITLE
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Rome, Italy, September 11, 2005. Italy is the Men’s European Champion 2005 recapturing the title after they won the Men’s European Championship two years ago in Berlin (GER). This is the Italian men national team’s sixth title in European Championship history. Russia had to admit defeat against Italy in a tiebreak taking the silver medal, whilst Serbia & Montenegro beat Spain to finish third.  Matej CERNIC (ITA) helped his team to victory scoring at important phases of the game

Having beaten Serbia & Montenegro in a semifinal tiebreak the day before, Italy struggled through another tiebreaker against Russia in the final, finishing 15-10 before they could celebrate the gold medal. Both teams started into the match very promising with the Italians profiting from the support of a sold out Palalottomatica in Rome. Whilst the Russian attacks went over Andrei Egorchev, Alessandro Fei and Alberto Cisolla scored for Italy. Following a series of points by Alberto Cisolla Italy went three points ahead (16-13) increasing their lead to a maximum five points with the help of Best Blocker Luigi Mastrangelo at the net (19-14). The set tightened up after Italy committed nervous errors, but was also put under increasing pressure by Russia who defended extremely well in the final phase of the first set. At 22-21 for Italy, Matej Cernic booked the next two points and Alessandro Fei secured the first set for the home team (25-22).
From then on things went downhill for the Italians. Semen Poltavsky blocked the attacks by Matej Cernic, Andrei Egorchev always found the gap in Italy’s block, and Alberto Cisolla and his team experienced a weak phase making several unforced errors, so that the second set went to Russia (14-25).
The third set was a repeat of the second with the Italian squad seeming to have lost focus, not continuing as ambitious as during the first set. Russia took advantage from confronting less resistance, in particular Semen Poltavsky and Alexei Kazakov. Playing collective in attack and reacting quick in defense the Russians took a maximum seven point lead which they never relinquished, obtaining a 2:1 set lead (15-25).
The turning point in the fourth set after a balanced score (8-8, 10-9) was a disputed call in Italian favour after which the home team took off under the impulse of Alessandro Fei, Matej Cernic and Alberto Cisolla (20-14). Finishing the set was only a matter of time given that the Russians helped the Italians with many mistakes (25-14).
Nearly all aspects of a high level volleyball match was demonstrated by both teams in the tiebreak with long rallies, tactical clever play, powerful strokes and some huge blocks. Italy maintained a small lead throughout (5-4, 10-7) with both teams sharing points up until 12-9 when a mistake by Alexei Kazakov and a block by “Gigi” Mastrangelo on Pavel Abramov’s attack gave Italy five match points. Semen Poltavsky managed to defend the first, but the second was ion Italy’s favour when Semen Poltavsky’s serve landed in the net (15-10).

“We are disappointed but we must accept the result as it is”, commented Russian head coach Zoran Gajic, “After all it’s only a game.”
“My team played united with heart and passion”, stated Italian head coach Gian Paolo Montali after the match, I’m proud of them. I’ll miss them but we will see each other again in Japan.” Italian team captain Valerio Vermiglio explained the victory that they found their way back on track after experiencing a low and they played with their heart.

Best scorer was Semen Poltavsky with 30 points whilst Alessandro Fei booked 15 points for his team.

 

After having lost the semifinals in a tight fifth set the day before against Italy, Serbia & Montenegro secured the bronze medal beating Spain in straight sets. The first set was not worth mentioning from Spanish side, as the challenger didn’t find any way to stop the powerful attacks coming from the Serbia Montenegrins, especially Ivan Miljkovic (18-25). Although Spain improved in reception and block as well as finishing attacks more successfully, it wasn’t sufficient to beat the consistent game of their opponents. Taking the second set 25-21, i.e. the 2:0 set lead, Serbia & Montenegro was never really in any danger of losing a set. Although the Spaniards came close in the third set, in particular after a series of points including two aces by Israel Rodriguez (6-10, 10-11), the Serbia Montenegrins managed to pull away with clean cut spikes, controlling the game throughout. The final 3:0 victory was of no surprise.
Still, Spanish captain Rafael Pascual stated that Spain didn’t play as well as against Russia the day before, mentioning that they could have obtained a better score. Still, the Spanish are very much satisfied with having reached fourth place in the Men’s Indesit European Championship after finishing eighth two years ago. Spanish head coach Oscar Novillo described today’s sensations as “bittersweet”: “Sweet due to the fact that we finished fourth and we have more than achieved our aim, but bitter because we missed out on the bronze medal.”
“We won the bronze medal which is an important result”, commented Ljubomir Travic, head coach of Serbia & Montenegro, after the match, “However, we could have done better. Following the tight defeat against Italy in the semifinal match it wasn’t easy to get back on track.” “We had great ambitions for this championship”, mentioned Serbia Montenegrin team captain Nikola Grbic, “The more difficult it is to find the motivation and ambition to go on when you know that you have missed your chance. Still, we are happy to receive bronze but we’re not satisfied the way we played against Italy in the semifinal.”

The two best scorers of the match were Ivan Miljkovic and Israel Rodriguez (both 19 points).

Nikola GRBIC (SCG): Best Setter for the fourth time in his career at the European Championships Individual Awards:

MVP: Alberto Cisolla (ITA)
Best Server: Ivan Miljkovic (SCG)
Best Libero: Mirko Corsano (ITA)
Best Setter: Nikola Grbic (SCG)
Best Spiker: Israel Rodriguez (ESP)
Best Blocker: Luigi Mastrangelo (ITA)
Best Receiver: Pavel Abramov (RUS)

 

For Nikola Grbic this was the fourth Best Setter award in European Championship history winning the prize in 1997 and then three times in a row (2001, 2003, 2005).




Men’s Indesit European Championship 2005 Results
Final Four in
Rome (ITA)

10.09.2005

18.00

Semifinal 1

RUS - ESP

3:2

15-25, 27-25, 25-12, 19-25, 15-13

10.09.2005

21.00

Semifinal 2

ITA - SCG

3:2

25-15, 19-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-8

11.09.2005

17.30

Classification match 3-4

SCG - ESP

3:0

25-18, 25-21, 25-22

11.09.2005

21.00

Final

ITA - RUS

3:2 25-22, 14-25, 15-25, 25-19, 15-10


Final Ranking

1. Italy
2.
Russia
3.
Serbia & Montenegro
4. Spain
5. Poland
6. Greece
7. France
8. Croatia
9. Czech Republic
10. Portugal
11. Netherlands
12. Ukraine


There were no classification matches for places five to eight due to the Final Round taking place in two different countries.


Final Preliminary Pool R
esults
Preliminary Pool I in
Rome (ITA)

03.09.2005

15.30

POL - CRO

3:0

25-22, 25-19, 25-21

03.09.2005

18.00

ITA - POR

3:0

25-19, 25-21, 25-20

03.09.2005

20.30

UKR - RUS

0:3

22-25, 23-25, 21-25

04.09.2005

15.30

POR - CRO

2:3

23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 21-25, 7-15

04.09.2005

18.00

ITA - UKR

3:0

25-17, 25-23, 25-23

04.09.2005

20.30

RUS - POL

3:1

25-27, 29-27, 29-27, 25-21

05.09.2005

15.30

UKR - POR

2:3

20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 13-15

05.09.2005

18.00

POL - ITA

0:3

24-26, 22-25, 19-25

05.09.2005

20.30

CRO - RUS

2:3

25-21, 18-25, 20-25, 25-21, 11-15

07.09.2005

15.30

UKR - POL

1:3

18-25, 25-21, 20-25, 21-25

07.09.2005

18.00

POR - RUS

1:3

25-23, 22-25, 21-25, 18-25

07.09.2005

20.30

ITA - CRO

3:1

20-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19

08.09.2005

15.30

POL - POR

3:0

25-23, 25-18, 25-16

08.09.2005

18.00

CRO - UKR

3:0

25-21, 25-21, 25-21

08.09.2005

 

21.00

RUS - ITA

3:1

22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22


Final Pool I Ranking

1. Russia 10 (15:5), 2. Italy 9 (13:4), 3. Poland 8 (10:7), 4. Croatia 7 (9:11), 5. Portugal 5 (8:14), 6. Ukraine 5 (3:15)

 

Preliminary Pool II in Belgrade (SCG)

02.09.2005

15.30

GRE - NED

3:2

25-20, 15-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-11

02.09.2005

17.30

FRA - CZE

3:0

25-23, 25-22, 25-20

02.09.2005

20.30

ESP - SCG

0:3

22-25, 17-25, 15-25

03.09.2005

15.30

NED - FRA

1:3

17-25, 22-25, 25-16, 20-25

03.09.2005

18.00

ESP - GRE

3:1

25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-20

03.09.2005

20.30

SCG - CZE

3:1

20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22

04.09.2005

15.30

FRA - ESP

2:3

30-28, 25-16, 23-25, 31-33, 9-15

04.09.2005

18.00

CZE - NED

3:0

25-18, 25-22, 26-24

04.09.2005

20.30

GRE - SCG

0:3

20-25, 15-25, 27-29

06.09.2005

15.30

ESP - CZE

2:3

17-25, 25-22, 25-17, 14-25, 11-15

06.09.2005

18.00

SCG - NED

3:0

25-20, 25-18, 25-19

06.09.2005

20.30

GRE - FRA

3:2

25-22, 26-28, 20-25, 28-26, 15-12

07.09.2005

15.30

NED - ESP

1:3

25-21, 20-25, 21-25, 18-25

07.09.2005

18.00

CZE - GRE

1:3

32-30, 22-25, 19-25, 16-25

07.09.2005

20.30

FRA - SCG

2:3

16-25, 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 9-15


Final Pool II Ranking

1. Serbia Montenegro 10 (15:3), 2. Spain 8 (11:10), 3. Greece 8 (10:11), 4. France 7 (12:10), 5. Czech Republic 7 (8:11), 6. Netherlands 5 (4:15)

For further information such as match statistics, match pictures, more detailed match information, etc. please view www.cev.lu, www.eurovolley2005.com, www.eurovolleyroma2005.it, www.osscg.org.yu/eurovolley2005.

More on the web at www.cev.lu

Enjoy & Be There:

02-11 September 2005: Men’s Senior European Championships 2005, Rome (ITA) and Belgrade (SCG).
16-25 September 2005: Women’s Senior European Championships 2005,
Pula and Zagreb, Croatia.


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