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Turkish and Romanian teams take top honours at first stop on 2017 Snow Volleyball European Tour

The event in Turkey was the first on the 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour
Erciyes, Turkey, February 18, 2017 - The first stop of the 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour drew to a close on Sunday at Erciyes, with teams from Turkey and Romania claiming the top honours in the men’s and women’s competition, respectively.

Murat Giginoglu/Safa Urlu claimed an all-Turkish men’s semifinal as they beat Emir Kavuzlu/Kemal Sah 2-0 (11-8, 12-10). Hasan Hüseyin Mermer/Ali Osman Nurettin followed suit as they rallied to a 2-0 (11-8, 12-10) victory in their matchup with Dündar Yildirim and Borak Pelenk. Kavuzlu/Sah settled for the bronze medal as they won the ‘small final’ with Yildirim/Pelenk in three sets (11-8, 9-11, 11-4). Later on, Giginoglu/Urlu – one of Turkey’s most accomplished beach volleyball teams – celebrated their first major success on snow as they claimed a close final match with Mermer/Nurettin 2-1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-9).

In the women’s semis, Turkey’s Merve Nezir/Esra Betül Cetin beat Aleyna Vence/Nursel Yaren Sencel 2-0 (11-8, 11-4) in another derby starring two teams from the host country. Romania’s rising beach volleyball stars Adriana-Maria Matei/Beata Vaida won the second semifinal as they beat Silvia Poszmikova and Eva Elekova of Slovakia 2-0 as well (11-3, 11-8). Matei/Vaida eventually crowned with gold their campaign on Turkish snow as they beat home stars Nezir/Cetin 3-1 in the ‘big final’ (11-7, 20-18, 12-14, 11-8). Poszmikova/Elekova won bronze as they edged Vence/Sencel in the third place match (6-11, 13-11, 11-5). 

The 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour will resume next weekend with a second stop, which will take place in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic. The tournament at Mount Erciyes was the first ever international snow volleyball competition organised in Turkey, with a second set to follow in early March at Mt. Uludag.

Visit the CEV website for more information, including detailed results, pictures and more.

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