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13/01/2019 20:00
Finland qualify for #EurovolleyU17M after completing clean sweep at NEVZA qualifier
2019 CEV U17 Volleyball European Championship - Men

Kuortane, Finland, January 13, 2019. The young hosts from Finland completed a clean sweep of their matches at the NEVZA event in Kuortane to qualify for the #EuroVolleyU17M finals due to take place later this summer in Sofia. As a result, all of the Finnish national teams have secured their participation in the final stages of this year’s continental competitions, i.e. EuroVolley Men and Women plus the U16 women’s and U17 men’s tournaments.

Finland secured their qualification on Sunday at Kuortane beating Sweden in the final 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-22). Sweden fought hard, playing their best game by far in the tournament. They set the tempo of the game in each set, but Finland eventually came out on top each time. The serving game of setter Ilja Ivanov and Veikka Lindqvist’s attacks were too much to stand for Sweden.

“I am extremely happy that we achieved our goal of qualifying for the European Championship finals. It was a great final, all the honour to Sweden,” said head coach Janne Heikkinen.

The Finns celebrate their home success at the #EuroVolleyU17M qualifier in Kuortane.

In the bronze medal match, Denmark beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 (25-8, 25-16, 25-13). Best scorer was Marius Stenmann Hansen with 16 points.  

More than 10,000 viewers followed the live streaming of the tournament throughout the weekend.

The top scorer of the tournament was Veikka Lindqvist of Finland with 51 points, followed by Marius Stenmann Hansen from Denmark on 49. Ilja Ivanov scored the most aces (21) and Theo Engström from Sweden made the most blocks (7).

Final standing

1.    Finland
2.    Sweden
3.    Denmark
4.    Faroe Islands

Individual awards

Best player Finland: Veikka Lindqvist
Best player Sweden: Hugo Morency
Best player Denmark: Marius Stenmann Hansen
Best player Faroe Islands: Mattias Nolsøe Isaksen
Best scorer: Veikka Lindqvist, Finland
Best libero: Joonatan Salpakari, Finland
MVP: Ilja Ivanov, Finland

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