Kladovo, Serbia, April 2, 2013 - Turkey eased past
Serbia in Tuesday’s top duel of Pool II. The Turks improved their win-loss
record to 4-0 at the 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship securing
Sahin Catma’s squad a well-deserved semifinal spot. Germany beat France 3-1,
while Russia booked their first win in Kladovo by defeating The Netherlands 3-1.
Turkey versus Serbia 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-23)
Turkey romped past Serbia 3-0 on Tuesday night for its fourth win at the 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship, while Serbia lost their first match of the tournament. Following a thrilling victory over Germany yesterday, Turkey continued to show their consistency with their 25-18, 25-19, 25-23 sweep of Serbia.
Ada Germen scored 11 points for Turkey to lead the game while Pelin Aroguz added 8. Bojana Milenkovic led the Serbian team with 15 points. Serbia committed 34 errors while Turkey only 20.
It was a one-way duel in the first set with Turkey controlling the match in almost all aspects of the game. The Turks quickly led 13-5 and never looked back.
Serbia started strongly with powerful serving and lethal spikes to take a 5-2 lead in the second set. The Turkish players, however, managed to stay positive and with their powerful serves and the Serbians' poor reception and serve errors, Turkey helped to keep the winning momentum.
The two sides fought harder in the third set and their gap never exceeded two points after the second technical break before the more experienced Turkey brought up match point at 24-23. As Cansu Ozbay came from the service line to serve a ball home, the reigning champions took the match 25-23.
As Serbia’s coach Marijana Boricic said, “We committed too many mistakes tonight in almost all parts of the game. Turkey played much better, especially in defence. As a consequence of today’s result, we need to win at least one set tomorrow.”
Turkey’s coach Catma Sahin expressed her pleasure with her team’s performance after the match saying, “We knew that we were facing a very strong Serbian team. However, my girls felt they could win, and I am glad they did.”
France versus Germany 1-3 (26-28, 19-25, 25-22, 13-25)
Germany resisted a strong challenge to overpower France 3-1 in an exciting match on Tuesday, the fourth day of the tournament in Pool II. Germany, holding a two to two win-loss record at the tournament, wrapped up the 112-minute tussle with a score of 28-26, 25-19, 22-25, 25-13.
Germany’s Julia Schäfer topped the score chart with 29 points, including 8 aces and 3 blocks.
The two sides traded runs in the first set to tie it at 12-12 before France went ahead at 17-15 with Helena Cazaute and Juliette Fidon on fire. Germany fought back their trademark offense as Julia Schäfer and Steffi-Martha Kuhn proved some good kills to lead their teammates to a hard-earned 1-0 set advantage.
Inspired with the first set win, Germany made an early effort to go ahead 6-2 in the second set and led 8-5 into the first technical timeout. France slowly narrowed the gap but couldn’t prevent Tietböhl’s team storming to 25-19 win.
France bounced back strongly in the third set, racing to a 22-18 lead, but Germany steadily pulled them back to a score of 22-22. However, France then scored three consecutive points, giving “les bleus” their hope for victory back.
Nevertheless, the fourth set was again all-German. Led by an impressive Annegret Holzig, who was omnipresent on the court with her powerful spikes, solid block work and a couple of service winners, Germany cruised to victory.
Jens Tietböhl, Germany’s coach said, ”We had to win today and fortunately we did it. Of course, we depend on other results, but we have to do our job and win tomorrow as well. Then we shall see.”
France’s coach Serge Marouteau said, “The German team played well. We made many mistakes, especially with serving.”
The Netherlands versus Russia 1-3 (25-18, 19-25, 18-25, 14-25)
Russia came back from one set down to defeat The Netherlands 3-1 in Pool II on Tuesday night. It was the first win for Russia at the 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship. The Dutch girls dropped to a two to two win-loss record at the tournament.
Russia’s Anastasia Lopatina topped the score chart with 20 points, including 4 aces. Angelina Sperskayte helped her with 15, including 5 blocks.
The Netherlands experienced a better start to today’s capital match against powerhouse Russia in contention for the top eight spots. The “Oranjes” controlled the match until 10-6 in the second set before Russia picked up its pace and levelled the score at 13-13 in what was the turning point of the match. Angelina Sperskayte and Anastasia Cheremisina booked an impressive double-block winner to allow Russia to make it 1-1 with a score of 25-19.
The Russian girls continued their good form in the third and fourth set. Even though The Netherlands never gave up the Russian team brimmed with confidence and never looked back.
The Netherlands coach Saskia van Hintum said, “We started strongly but Russia fought back courageously. They eventually discovered their rhythm, and we couldn’t manage to find our way around.”
Russia coach Yury Shchuplov also said, “Today we showed our real potential, and we are very happy for it. However, tomorrow we must play even better and book yet another victory.”
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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