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Drawing of lots sets the tone for CEV Volleyball Cup and CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup

CEV President André Meyer supervised the drawing of lots for the 2016 editions of the CEV Volleyball Cup and CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup
Luxembourg, June 5, 2015 - The Drawing of Lots for the 2016 editions of the CEV Volleyball Cup and CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup was completed on Friday morning at the CEV headquarters in Luxembourg City.

CEV President André Meyer was in attendance together with ECC President Mrs Riet Ooms, two more members of the European Cups Commission and a neutral observer from Italy, Mr Piero Rebaudengo, representing club Calzedonia Verona. The team coached by volleyball legend Andrea Giani will be making their first appearance on the European stage this season, participating in the 2016 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup – Men after finishing fifth in the last edition of the Italian national league.

As many as 127 teams were drawn on Friday morning, setting the tone for what promises to be another exciting, record-breaking season. 32 countries will be represented in the women's competition, and 30 in the men's.

The 2016 campaign will get underway on October 24/25, with the first round of the CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup – Men. A historic milestone will see Kosovo’s champions Drenica R&Rukolli Skenderaj become the first volleyball team from the country to play a European Cup match, following the provisional recognition of the Volleyball Federation of Kosovo. Drenica R&Rukolli Skenderaj will play Northern Ireland’s Ballymoney Blaze. Ulster’s vice-champions and cup winners are the first team from this ‘home nation’ to play in the European Cups since the University of Ulster participated in the 2007-2008 edition of the CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup.

Last year’s winners of the CEV Volleyball Cup and CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup – Women, respectively Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar and Turkey’s Bursa BBSK, will aim to defend the crowns they claimed in the 2015 editions of the two competitions, while the men’s competitions will certainly crown new champions this year as reigning gold medallists Dinamo Moscow and Vojvodina NIS Seme Novi Sad are both set to compete in the 2016 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League.

“I am extremely pleased with the number of teams that have decided to enter the 2016 edition of the European Cup competitions,” CEV President André Meyer said. “I especially would like to welcome all newcomers, hoping they will use the opportunity to play and perform on the European stage to further grow and develop our sport in their respective home countries. I wish all participating teams the very best of luck and look forward to an exciting season that will reach its climax next spring with a set of world-class final matches.”

For more information and the complete results of the drawing of lots, visit www.cev.lu.


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