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EuroVolley 2013: Favorites prevail on second competition day

More than 16.000 fans cheered for their heroines on the second competition day at EuroVolley 2013
Zurich, Switzerland, September 8, 2013. The favorites for a medal at 2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship for women, the first of four continental championships in September where the winners qualify for the women's FIVB World Grand Champions Cup, confirmed their supremacy on Saturday. After two competition days, the teams from Turkey, Germany, Italy, Russia and Serbia top their respective pools in the tournament co-hosted by the German and Swiss Volleyball Federation.

In Pool A, host Germany and Turkey continued their winning streak with their second wins at EuroVolley 2013. Germany overpowered the Netherlands 3:2 (27-25, 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-9). Turkey proved too strong for Spain (25-13, 25-19, 25-15).

World No. 4 Italy booked their second win by beating France 3:1 (25-16, 25-15, 20-25, 25-16). In Saturday’s second Pool B match, Belgium overcame host Switzerland in front of 5.500 thrilled fans 25-21, 25-16, 25-23.

For the first time in history, Belarus won a match at CEV Volleyball European Championship. The team of head coach Viktar Hancharou overcame Azerbaijan 3:1 (25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 25-23). In Pool C’s second match of the day, Russia overpowered a strong Croatian team 3:1 (25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22) as well.

Titleholder Serbia swept the Czech Republic in straight sets (25-21, 26-24, 25-23) while Poland surprised first day winner Bulgaria with a 3:1 (22-25, 25-18, 13-25, 18-25) win. After two competition days, the situation in Pool D is still fully open with the four teams eying for a playoff spot.

Pool play ends on Sunday with twelve teams qualifying for the second competition phase. 

The winner of the CEV Volleyball European Championship will qualify for the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup featuring a total of six teams per gender with the hosts Japan being joined by the continental winners from Asia, Europe, NORCECA and South America with an additional country selected by the FIVB. Africa do not have an automatic spot in the tournament after finishing the 2012 Olympic Games as the lowest ranked confederation amongst the five.

The World Grand Champions Cup is a quadrennial round-robin competition for men and women. The last edition of the tournament was in 2009 with Brazil coming away with the men’s title for the second consecutive time after remaining unbeaten while in the women’s tournament, Italy picked up their first ever crown. Japan will host the next edition, with the women’s event set to take place from November 12 to 17, 2013 and the men’s from November 19 to 24, 2013.

CEV Volleyball European Championship – Women
Records of the last five editions

2011 in Italy/Serbia: Serbia (gold), Germany (silver), Turkey (bronze)
2009 in Poland: Italy (gold), the Netherlands (silver), Poland (bronze)
2007 in Belgium/Luxembourg: Italy (gold), Serbia (silver), Russia (bronze)
2005 in Croatia: Poland (gold), Italy (silver), Russia (bronze)
2003 in Turkey: Poland (gold), Turkey (silver), Germany (bronze)

CEV Volleyball European Championship – Women
All-time medal table

1. Russia (17 gold / 4 silver / 3 bronze), 2. Poland (2/4/5), 3. Germany (2/5/3), 4. Italy (2/2/2), 5. The Czech Republic (1/4/4), 6. The Netherlands (1/2/1), 7. Bulgaria (1/0/2), 8. Serbia (1/1/1), 9. Croatia (0/3/0), 10. Hungary (0/1/3), 11. Turkey (0/1/1), 12. Romania (0/0/1). 12. Ukraine (0/0/1).

World Ranking – Women (participating teams)
4. Italy, 6. Russia, 7. Serbia, 9. Germany, 11. Turkey, 13. Poland, 18. The Netherlands, 22. The Czech Republic, 31. Croatia, 31. Bulgaria, 36. Azerbaijan, 39. Belgium, 39. Belarus, 42. Spain, 42. France, 109. Switzerland.

For further information visit www.eurovolley2013.org and www.cev.lu for a detailed match schedule of the prelims.

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