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04/09/2019 23:10
Serbia v Italy, Turkey v Poland are the EuroVolley Women semis!
CEV EuroVolley 2019 Women

Luxembourg, September 4, 2019. A repeat of the 2018 FIVB World Championship gold medal match between Serbia and Italy and a matchup featuring two of the host countries – Turkey and Poland. This is the programme of Saturday’s semi-final matches of the history-making CEV EuroVolley 2019 Women, which will be reaching its climax later this week in Ankara. Serbia will play Italy at 17:00 local time, followed by the match between Turkey and Poland at 19:30.

Make sure you follow the competition through the official event website https://eurovolley.cev.eu and the CEV’s social media channels, with live streaming (geo-blocking applies depending on the TV agreements in place) and exclusive video content available on EuroVolleyTV and the CEV’s YouTube channel, respectively.



Serbia vs. Bulgaria 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 28-26)


•    Serbia opened the programme of the quarterfinals with a speedy shutout (3-0) of Bulgaria in Ankara. Whilst they had dropped a set in a previous match with the ‘Lionesses’ in Pool A, this time Serbia were absolutely dominant to secure their fifth EuroVolley semi-final appearance in a row.
•    Serbia won gold in 2011 and 2017, bronze in 2015 and finished fourth in 2013 – a list of honours that is testament to their consistency at the highest level, not to forget the silver medal they claimed from the Rio 2016 Olympics and last year’s World Championship title.



Italy vs. Russia 3-1 (25-27, 25-22, 27-25, 25-21)


•    Their opponent in the semis will be Italy as the ‘Azzurre’ fought hard to secure a 3-1 victory over Russia in the ‘match of the day’.
•    Paola Egonu spearheaded Italy’s attack with a personal tally of 28 points. Italy return to contest a EuroVolley semi-final for the first time since losing to Germany in 2011 in Belgrade.
•    Egonu claimed the duel with Russian opposite hitter Nataliya Goncharova, who scored 22 times in the match. Russia, after securing back-to-back European titles in 2013 and 2015, failed to make the semis for the second straight edition, as back in 2017 they lost to Turkey in the quarterfinals.