PRESS RELEASE 22.09.2004


2005 FIVB World Grand Prix European Qualification Tournament - Germany and the Netherlands maintain undefeated status
German captain Angelina Gruen top scored with 21 points against Bulgaria

Ankara, Turkey, September 22, 2004 - Germany and Netherlands continued their excellent form at the 2005 FIVB World Grand Prix European Qualification Tournament in Ankara, Turkey after both teams recorded their second successive victory on Wednesday.

The Netherlands booked a surprisingly easy 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-23) victory over Turkey while Germany defeated Bulgaria 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-17). Earlier European champions Poland bounced back from the defeat against Netherlands on Tuesday to beat Romania off the court 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-17).

The win for the Netherlands over the vice-European champions Turkey in front of almost 5,000 spectators completes a remarkable double after they beat the European champions Poland on the opening day.

The Netherlands never looked back after the home side made a bad start and Francien Huurman, the Dutch best scorer with 17 points, led them to their second victory in this six-team single round robin qualification event.

Germany, meanwhile, collected their second straight-sets victory with a comprehensive display over Bulgaria. With the two easy wins in their pocket, The European Championship bronze medalists, who beat Romania on Tuesday, are almost assured themselves a qualification spot in the main phase of the 2005 FIVB World Grand Prix. Germany's star captain Angelina Grun was the best scorer with 21 points while middle blocker Olessya Kulakova collected 11.

The first match of the day saw Poland book their first victory by defeating Romania. Polish coach Andrej Niemczyk put his first team on the court against Romania, including 2003 European player of the year Malgorzata Glinka. Glinka scored 13 points but wasn't the best scorer with captain Aleksandra Przybysz collecting 15.