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Italy crowned Junior Men's European champions, qualify for FIVB Worlds

 
The Italian team celebrates on Sunday

Gdynia, Poland, September 3, 2012 – Italy were crowned Junior Men's European champions on Sunday in Gdynia, Poland beating Spain 3-1 (25-21, 14-25, 25-23, 25-22) in the final.

Spain, the silver medallists from last year’s FIVB U19 World Championship, made it to the final via a spectacular run and by sweeping all of their matches, while Italy suffered their only defeat in the tournament to hosts Poland.

The win qualified Italy for the 2013 FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship, joining Turkey who qualify as hosts. The remaining four European spots will be determined in a qualifying tournament next year.

The other teams to have qualified for the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship are USA and Canada with one more team to be confirmed at the 2013 U20 Pan American Cup.

The Asian Junior Championship (September 27-October 5) and the South American Junior Championship (October 18-26) will serve as qualifiers for those regions, while qualification for the African Confederation is yet to be determined.       

European Junior Championship Final standings 

1.    Italy 
2.    Spain
3.    Belgium 
4.    Turkey 
5.    Russia 
6.    Poland 
7.    Bulgaria 
8.    Germany 
9.    Greece 
10.   Serbia 
11.   Finland 
12.   Denmark 
 

Individual Awards 

MVP: Sandro Caci (ITA) 
Best Scorer: Andres J. Villena (ESP) 
Best Spiker: Andres J. Villena (ESP)
Best Blocker: Ivan Demakov (RUS) 
Best Server: Luca Borgogno (ITA)
Best Setter: Koen Thijs (BEL)  
Best Receiver: Baturalp Burak Güngör (TUR) 
Best Libero: Roberto Rivan (ITA)





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