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A good week for the home teams in two Halkbank Balkan Championships

Serbia was the only team to go through the boys' tournament undefeated
Zrenjanin, Serbia, August 11, 2012 – Serbia won the Boys’ Balkan Junior Championship, beating Greece in front of their home fans in Zrenjanin on Saturday while the the Turkish girls' youth team beat the Serbians in front of their supporters in Ankara.

A total of nine teams participated in the boys' competition – Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Moldova, Greece, Montenegro, Turkey, Romania and Serbia. Over the course of the five-day tournament both Greece and Serbia claimed all four of their matches, turning their clash on the last day into a championship game.

Home team Serbia edged Greece 3-1 (25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18) to finish first. In the other matches of the final day, Turkey beat Montenegro 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23) to earn bronze. In the ranking matches Romania edged Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 31-29) to finish fifth and F.Y.R. Macedonia beat Bulgaria 3-0 (30-28, 25-23, 25-20) to finish seventh.

Meanwhile, in Ankara, Turkey, the girls’ youth team from Turkey edged their opponents Serbia on the final day of the Pre-Youth Girls Balkan Championship, winning this new competition's first title.

Four teams – F.Y.R. Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey – participated in the tournament. Serbia and Turkey both won their matches against Romania and F.Y.R. Macedonia, leaving them to face each other on the final day to decide the first Balkan Pre-Youth Girls Championship. Turkey edged Serbia 3-0 (25-16, 25-18 and 25-19) to take the crown.

In the third-place match played between Romania and F.Y.R. Macedonia, Romania came out on top with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-9 and 25-15) win.

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