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WOMEN’S QUALIFICATION ENTERS FINAL STAGE
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LUXEMBOURG, 2 June 2003 – The qualification process for the 2003 Women’s Senior European Championships will enter its final stage this week, when the deciding matches in all three qualification pools are scheduled. Twelve teams are fighting for the last eight vacancies. After the matches played last weekend, Poland, Ukraine, Rumania and Germany already claimed a ticket for the Final Round in Turkey, so there are only four places left.

The twelve teams in the A-category of the Women’s Senior European Championships were drawn into three pools of four teams more than a year ago. The pool winners, the numbers two of each group and the two best ranked third placed teams will be qualified for the Final Round. Host Turkey, defending Champion Russia, 2001 runner-up and World Champion Italy and 2001 bronze medalist Bulgaria are directly qualified.

In Pool 1, almost everything is clear after the teams played five of the six matches. Ukraine is the unbeaten leader in this group after defeating Rumania 3-2 on Saturday. This was enough for the semifinalist of the 2001edition for a place in the final round. Despite the 2-3 loss, Rumania is also sure of playing in the Final Round. Czech Republic, the number three in this group, has to defeat Rumania on Sunday to make a good chance of finishing as one of the best ranked third team. Hungary is out of contention after five straight defeats.

In Pool 2, the four participating teams decided to play two tournaments instead of home and away matches. Last year, Netherlands booked three straight sets victories and is therefore the favorite to win this group. Serbia & Montenegro is currently ranked second and tries to make it to the Final Round for the first time. France and Greece are the other two teams in this group. The second tournament of Pool 2 is scheduled from Friday 6 till Sunday 8 June in Serbia & Montenegro.

Poland already claimed a place in the Final Round out of Pool 3. The Polish team defeated Germany (3-1) and Croatia (3-0) recently and is sure of finishing in the top two of this group thanks to a great set ratio. Germany, that has the same 4-1 win/lose record, is also qualified because even when Slovakia will pass by the Germans next weekend, Germany will always be one of the two best ranked third placed teams.

The Women’s European Championships will be played from 20-28 September in Turkey. The twelve participants will be drawn in two pools of six teams. The preliminary rounds will be played in Ankara and Antalya. The semifinals and finals will take place in the Ataturk Hall in Ankara. The drawing of lots for the Women’s Senior European Championships is scheduled for Tuesday 24 June at 11.00hrs in Ankara, Turkey.


Women’s Senior European Championships 2003, 20-28 September, Turkey.

Directly qualified: TUR, RUS, ITA, BUL.

Qualification.

Pool 1:

Matches played and schedule in 2003:

CZE – HUN 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-18)
UKR – ROM 3-2 (18-25, 25-19, 25-21, 18-25, 15-8)
HUN – UKR Saturday 7 June.
CZE – ROM Sunday 8 June.

Ranking:

1. UKR 5-10 (15-4), 2. ROM 5-8 (12-7), 3. CZE 5-7 (8-11), 4. HUN 5-5 (2-15)

Pool 2:

Match schedule for tournament in Serbia & Montenegro:

FRA – GRE Friday 6 June.
NED – YUG Friday 6 June.
NED – FRA Saturday 7 June.
YUG – GRE Saturday 7 June.
GRE – NED Sunday 8 June.
FRA – YUG Sunday 8 June.

Ranking after first tournament.:

1. NED 3-6 (9-0), 2. YUG 3-5 (6-5), 3. FRA 3-4 (5-6), 4. GRE 3-3 (0-9)

Pool 3:

Matches played and scheduled in 2003:

POL – GER 3-1 (22-25, 29-27, 25-23, 25-12)
POL – CRO 3-0 (29-27, 25-16, 25-20)
SVK – GER 0-3 (10-25, 21-25, 19-25)
CRO – GER Saturday 7 June.
POL – SVK Wednesday 4 June.

Ranking:

1. POL 5-9 (14-4), 2. GER 5-9 (10-6), 3. SVK 5-8 (9-10), 4. CRO 5-5 (2-15).

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Enjoy & Be There:
24 June 2003: Drawing of lots Women’s European Championship, Ankara, Turkey.
1-4 July 2003: Under-20
European Beach Volleyball Championships, Salzburg, Austria.
31 July-
3 August 2003: Under-23 European Beach Volleyball Championships, Stare Jablonki, Poland .
7-10 August 2003: Under-18
European Beach Volleyball Championships, Brno, Czech Republic.
28-31 August 2003:
European Beach Volleyball Championships, Alanya , Turkey.
5-14 September 2003: Men’s European Championship,
Leipzig, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Germany.
12 September 2003: XXIVth CEV General Assembly, Berlin, Germany.
20-28 September 2003: Women’s European Championship,
Ankara , Antalya, Turkey.
11 October 2003: Drawing of lots Indesit European Champions’ League.
December 2003-March 2004: Indesit European Champions’ League 2003-2004.
5-10 January 2004: Men’s European Olympic Qualification Tournament,
Leipzig, Riesa, Germany.
5-10 January 2004: Women’s European Olympic Qualification Tournament,
Baku, Azerbaidjan.


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