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Serbia complete triumphant run to European Championship gold; Boskovic - MVP

The Serbian team triumphs with European Championship gold
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 1, 2017 – Serbia are the new European champion in women’s volleyball. Zoran Terzic’s squad completed their victorious run at the 2017 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 25-18) win in the final against the Netherlands.

The Balkan team reached their second gold in the history of the continental competition, dropping only two sets in their six tournament matches. Serbia have reached the final four of the European Championship in five of the last six editions.

The Serbs reached the final with a very confident 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-21) victory in their semifinal against Turkey. 20-year-old Tijana Boskovic was the top scorer of both these games, hammering out 23 points against the Turks and 29 against the Dutch, including the last winning point of the final match. This was only part of the reason why she was declared the Most Valuable Player of EuroVolley 2017.

To reach the gold medal match, eventual runners-up Netherlands persevered through a tough five-set semifinal on the way to a 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-27, 15-12) victory over hosts Azerbaijan, despite a phenomenal 38 points from Polina Rahimova, who eventually became the tournament’s best scorer with a total of 151 points in six games. The Dutch repeated their second-place finish from the previous edition in 2015, when they co-hosted EuroVolley with Belgium.

To the disappointment of the home crowd in Baku, the Azeris also lost the third place match – 1-3 (25-22, 21-25, 14-25, 8-25) against Turkey. Coach Giovanni Guidetti’s team did one better than the fourth place in 2015 and repeated their bronze success from 2011.

In addition to the MVP award for Boskovic, a Dream Team of the tournament was announced during the closing ceremony at the National Gymnastics Centre in Baku:

Setter: Laura Dijkema (Netherlands) 
Opposite: Lonneke Sloetjes (Netherlands)
Outside Spikers: Brankica Mihajlovic (Serbia), Anne Buijs (Netherlands)
Middle Blockers: Eda Erdem Dundar (Turkey), Stefana Veljkovic (Serbia)
Libero: Valeriya Mammadova (Azerbaijan)

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