Kocaeli (Turkey), 31 July 2006 - Turkey won the 2006 edition of the Youth Girls Balkan Championships in the Kocaeli and captured its second gold medal in the competition, after 2004. The home team, enjoying the support of 1500 fans and led by star setter Naz Aydemir, defeated three times champions Serbia and Montenegro 3:1, although the girls from Belgrade started the match brightly, wining the first set 25:17. After equalising, the team coached by Gokhman Ednan never looked back and won the tight third set 25:23, before clinching the final set 25:15. The bronze medal went to Bulgaria, while last year's champion Romania defeated Greece 3:2 and finished in fourth place.
Day 1: Serbia/Montenengro vs Greece 3:0, Bulgaria vs Romania 3:2, Turkey vs Moldavia 3:0
Day 2: Romania vs Moldavia 3:0, Serbia/Montenengro vs Bulgaria 3:1, Greece vs Turkey 0:3
Day 3: Bulgaria vs Greece 3:2, Moldavia vs Serbia/Montenengro 0:3, Turkey vs Romania 3:0
Day 4: Romania vs Serbia/Montenengro 0:3, Greece vs Moldavia 3:0, Bulgaria vs Turkey 0:3
Day 5: Moldavia vs Bulgaria 0:3, Romania vs Greece 3:2, Serbia/Montenengro vs Turkey 1:3
Final Standings: Turkey 10 pts, Serbia & Montenegro 9, Bulgaria 8, Romania 7, Greece 6, Moldova 5.
MVP: Naz Aydemir (Turkey)
BEST SETTER: Naz Aydemir (Turkey)
BEST ATTACKER: Elitsa Vasileva (Bulgaria)
BEST BLOCKER: Busra Cansu (Turkey)
BEST SERVER: Ayse Melis Gurkaynak (Turkey)
BEST LIBERO: Katarina Vukomanovic (Serbia/Montenegro)
The Balkan Champions 2006 Turkey: Serenat Siir Yaz, Busra Cansu, Gozde Yilmaz, Fatma Yildirim, Merve Ates, Ikra Cetintas, Ulku Burcu Genc, Naz Aydemir (C), Nesve Buyukbayram, Ayse Melis Gurkaynak, Serpil Ersari, Asuman Karakoyun. Head Coach: Gokhan EDMAN
The Balkan Championships for Junior Men and Women are the next to be held this year and the host cities of Strumica (FYROM) and Buzau (ROU) are preparing themselves for the competitions (August 8-12).
Follow the action and read about the stars of the BVA competitions at www.balkanvolleyball.org
2006 BVA competitions calendar:
Junior Men in Strumica (FYROM), 8-12 August
Junior Women in Buzau (ROM), 8-12 August
Men and Women Beach Volleyball in Vlora (ALB), 18-20 August
Junior Men and Women Beach Volleyball in Constanta (ROM), 25-26 August
Youth Boys in Naousa (GRE), 29 August - 2 September