PRESS RELEASE 22.09.2003


Women's Senior European Championships 2003

ANKARA, ANTALYA, Turkey, 22 September - Turkey on Monday scored an impressive and surprise straights sets victory over Russia, the defending champion of this, the Women's European Champions.
Two other teams continued unchallenged on the third day of the championship with Germany booking its third 3-0 victory beating Serbia and Montenegro and Poland defeating Bulgaria in five sets.
Turkey started the championship with modest hopes but now lead Pool I.
On Monday they flew through the match against the Volleyball powerhouse, turning on an almost faultless performance in front of a large crowd of supporters. Their Ukraine-born Natalia Hanikoglu played a key role in the Turkish victory.
'This is unbelievable,' Turkish coach Resat Yaziciogullari said. Players and officials were not only delighted but also openly emotional after the Victory.
In other Pool I action, Germany extended their impressive winning streak scoring their 3-0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro, which was disadvantaged with several of their players being ill.
Germany's coach Hee Wan Lee expressed his satisfaction with their progress.
"I could never believe that we would make this incredible start," Hee Wan Lee said. "Of course we still have some important matches to play, but nobody can take the three 3-0 away." Hee said he was impressed that his young squad was very stable when it counted.
In earlier Pool I action, Romania booked its first victory by defeating Slovakia 3-2. Carmen Turlea of Romania and Andrea Pavelkova from Slovakia each scored 23 points.
Meanwhile, Poland moved from outsider to favorite in Pool II after their 3-2 victory against Bulgaria. Poland took the first two sets then Bulgaria came back to level and force the tiebreaker. Then the Poles seized and held onto the lead in the decider. Dorota Swieniewicz was the best scorer with 23 points while Bulgaria's Antonia Zetova made 22 points.
Malgorz Niemczyk-Wolska, the daughter of Polish coach Andrej Niemczyk came on to replace Joanna Mirek who had to leave the tournament after sustaining a broken ligament of her right knee.
Now with three victories, Poland is moving closer to a semifinals berth. Netherlands is close behind after their 3-2 victory over Czech Republic. World Champion Italy is also in contention after winning against Ukraine (3-0)

Ankara - Pool I
ROM - SVK 3-2 (25-14, 25-10, 22-25, 28-30, 15-8)
SCG - GER 0-3 (15-25, 22-25, 22-25)
RUS - TUR 0-3 (21-25, 22-25, 24-26)
Ranking: 1. TUR 3-6 (9-0); 2. GER 3-6 (9-0); 3. RUS 3-5 (6-4); 4. ROM 3-4 (3-8); 5. SVK 3-3 (2-9); 6. SCG 3-3 (1-9).

Antalya - Pool II
POL - BUL 3-2 (25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 20-25, 15-12)
CZE - NED 2-3 (14-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-20, 10-15)
ITA - UKR 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-14)
Ranking: 1. POL 3-6 (9-5); 2. ITA 3-5 (6-3); 3. NED 3-5 (8-5); 4. BUL 3-4 (6-6); 5. UKR 3-4 (4-7); 6. CZE 3-3 (2-9).