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PRESS RELEASE 02.02.2005

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CEV awards best players of League round

Luxembourg, February 2, 2005. As well as rewarding the achievements of the teams participating in the Indesit European Champions' League, the CEV presented 14 individual awards following the total 140 matches played in the men's and women's League Round. The outstanding figure during this edition was Natalya Mammadova from Azerrail BAKU (AZE) who collected two individual awards.

The spiker from the Azerbaijan team won the best scorer's as well as the best attacker's award. Scoring a total 196 points in the ten matches she played Mammadova came first ahead of French Victoria Ravva from CANNES who finished second. Polish middle blocker Agata Mroz from Stal BIELSKO BIALA won the best blocker award, whilst Vesna Tomasevic from Spanish Hotel Cantur LAS PALMAS served strongest throughout the League Round. Paula Cardullo, libero of Italian Sant'Orsola Asystel NOVARA as well as of the Italian national team, was awarded best receiver whilst Paula Croce (Foppapedretti BERGAMO/ITA) received the prize for best libero. Finally, Karine Salinas from RC CANNES (FRA) was elected as the best setter.

For the men's Indesit European Champions' League, Ivan Contreras from Belgian Knack ROESELARE won the most prestigious individual award. Totalling 164 points in eight matches, which is an average of more than 20 per match, he deserved the title "best scorer" of the League Round. Contreras outplayed Danko Antunovic from Aon hotVolleys VIENNA who booked eight points less. World star Gustavo Endres (Sisley TREVISO) won the best blocker award after gaining the Olympic medal in Athens 2004 with the Brazilian national team. Another Brazilian who has not yet been part of the Brazilian national team won the best attacker award i.e. Jose Joao Miguel Sequeira from German VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. Best server was Bogdan Jalowietzki, also from VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN (GER). The French national team libero Hubert Henno from TOURS VB won the best receiver award, whilst US player Lloy Ball from Greek Iraklis THESSALONIKI made the best and most accurate passes as the best setter. Finnish Jussi Heino from Austrian Aon hotVolleys VIENNA will be crowned as best libero.

The awarded players will all receive their trophy during their team's home match in the play-off round. Players from the teams already eliminated will be awarded during one of their team's home matches in the national league of their club.

Men's Indesit European Champions' League
Individual awards League Round:

Best scorer: Ivan Contreras (Knack ROESELARE, BEL)
Best attacker: Jose Joao Miguel Sequeira (VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GER)
Best blocker: Gustavo Endres (Sisley TREVISO, ITA)
Best server: Bogdan Jalowietzki (VfB FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GER)
Best receiver: Hubert Henno (TOURS VB, FRA)
Best setter: Lloy Ball (Iraklis THESSALONIKI, GRE)
Best libero: Jussi Heino (Aon hotVolleys VIENNA, AUT)

Women's Indesit European Champions' League
Individual awards League Round:

Best scorer: Natalya Mammadova (Azerrail BAKU, AZE)
Best attacker: Natalya Mammadova (Azerrail BAKU, AZE)
Best blocker: Agata Mroz (Stal BIELSKO BIALA, POL)
Best server: Vesna Tomasevic (Hotel Cantur LAS PALMAS, ESP) Best receiver: Paula Cardullo (Sant'Orsola Asystel
NOVARA, ITA) Best setter: Karine Salinas (RC CANNES, FRA)
Best libero: Paula Croce (Foppapedretti BERGAMO, ITA)

More on the web at www.cev.lu


Enjoy & Be There:
08-10 February 2005: Indesit European Champions League, Playoffs Women & Men, Home matches. 15-17 February 2005: Indesit European Champions League, Playoffs Women & Men, Away matches. 01-03 March 2005: Indesit European Champions League, Playoffs Men, Home matches. 05-06 March 2005: CEV Cup, Final Four Men, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. 05-06 March 2005: CEV Cup, Final Four Women, Perugia, Italy. 08-10 March 2005: Indesit European Champions League, Playoffs Men, Home matches. 11-12 March 2005: Austrian Airlines Top Teams Cup, Final Four Men, Piraeus, Greece. 12-13 March 2005: Top Teams Cup, Final Four Women. 19-20 March 2005: Indesit European Champions League, Final Four Women, Tenerife, Spain. 26-27 March 2005: Indesit European Champions League, Final Four Men, Thessaloniki, Greece. 29 March-03 April 2005: Youth European Championships 2005, Boys Final Round, Riga, Latvia. 29 March-03 April 2005: Youth European Championships 2005, Girls Final Round, Tallinn, Estonia.

23-24 July 2005: European League, Final Four, Kazan, Russia. 26-31 July 2005: FIVB Grand Prix Qualification, Baku, Azerbaijan. 02-11 September 2005: Men's Senior European Championships 2005, Rome, Italy and Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro. 16-25 September 2005: Women's Senior European Championships 2005, Zagreb, Croatia.


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