Kladovo, Serbia, March 31, 2013 - After three days
of competition, Turkey and Serbia remain undefeated in Pool II at the 2013 CEV Girls’
Youth Volleyball European Championship. The Netherlands improved their win-loss
record to 2-1 after their 3-1 win against France.
Turkey versus Germany 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-21)
In today’s opening match of Pool II, Turkey remained unbeaten after a highly competitive duel against Germany. The young Germans managed to win the first set, but couldn’t pull through. It was title holder Turkey’s third win at the 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship.
Turkish Pelin Aroguz topped the score chart with 25 points while Germany’s captain Steffi-Martha Kuhn scored 22.
Both teams got off to a tense start, making many mistakes although at the end of the first period, Germany was a bit luckier and finished with a 25-23 win. However, Turkey showed their power right from the beginning of the second set with inspired setter Arelya Karasoy who connected very well with Ada Germen, Su Zent and Pelin Aroguz.
The German side regained momentum only in the fourth set. The youngsters improved their defense work, but a 5-1 lead was not enough to worry the confident Turks. Sahin Catma’s team recovered quickly and cruised quite easily to its third consecutive win at the 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship.
The Netherlands versus France 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20)
After their unexpected win over Germany yesterday night, The Netherlands continued their winning streak today with a hard-fought 3-1 triumph against France. The Dutch ladies improved their record to 2-1, while France experienced their third consecutive defeat at the 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship.
The Netherlands’ Tessa Polder topped the score chart with 17 points, including 4 blocks. Romee Polman helped her with 15 units, including 4 aces.
For the third match in a row, The Netherlands easily swept aside their opponents in the first set (25-18). The second set started in much the same way as Britt Bongaerts behind the service line and Romee Polman at the net secured an early 4-0 lead for the Netherlands. However, the French girls soon picked up their defensive game and reached a tie at 7-7. The rising French team slowly took control, and at the second technical break led 16-13. The discouraged Dutch team couldn’t recover from this unexpected French revival, although they tried really hard.
Even though France was still the better team in the first half of the third set (10-4), “les bleus” suddenly lost focus and let their rivals bounce back (25-21). The plot didn’t change much in the fourth set as Dutch setter Bongaerts stepped up as a true leader of her team. The upcoming Dutch star was literally everywhere on the court, guiding her teammates to a well-deserved 3-1 victory.
Serbia versus Russia 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-14,
It was the match of the day at “Jezero” Sports Hall in Kladovo as host Serbia faced Russia in the third round of Pool II. In front of 750 Serbian supporters, the home side managed to preserve their perfect record with a well-deserved 3-1 win.
Serbia's Sara Lozo topped the scorers chart with 19 points, including 3 aces.
Russia experienced the better start (25-22) into tonight’s match. Nevertheless, Serbia kept calm and fired back strongly in the second period (25-19).
The momentum stayed on Serbia’s side in the third set. Russia, once more, lost their confidence quite rapidly. The duel became more emotional in the fourth set. Both teams battled hard to gain momentum. Still, the home team entered the second technical time-out with a three-point lead. It was sufficient as Serbia successfully maintained the distance all the way until the end. A wonderful serve by Jelena Vignjevic ended the set 25-22 and the match 3-1 in Serbia’s favour.
The preliminary phase of the 2013 CEV Girls' Youth Volleyball European Championship is split into two pools of six teams with the top two from each pool advancing to the semifinals. Pool I comprises hosts Montenegro, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, the Czech Republic and Poland. Pool II sees hosts Serbia up against Russia, Germany, France, Turkey and The Netherlands.
The tournament’s final ranking will determine the six teams that will represent Europe at this year’s FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship in Thailand, as well as the eight nations taking part at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht.
The matches of preliminary Pool I as well as all semifinal and final matches are available live and for free at www.laola1.tv.
Pool II matches are streamed on the official website of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia at http://eng.ossrb.org
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