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The Netherlands, Serbia & Turkey forge ahead at CEV Girls' Youth European Championship

 
Hosts Serbia booked their second win at 2013 CEV Girls' Youth European Championship
 

Kladovo, Serbia, March 30, 2013 – The Netherlands proved too strong for Germany on the second day of matches at the 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship, claiming victory with a 3-1 win. Host Serbia advanced to the next round after a straight-set win against France and title holder Turkey did the same after a 3-1 victory over Russia.
 

Turkey versus Russia 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20) 

It was the match of the day at "Jezero" Sports Hall Sports in Kladovo as the reigning European Champions, Turkey beat Russia, 3-1. Turkey’s Hande Baladin topped the score chart with 20 points, including 6 block kills. 

Turkey played very aggressively, right from the start of the match. With great serves and solid defense, the young Turks quickly broke the Russian spirit. Turkey’s Ada Germen was brilliant on serve, guiding her team to an early 15-4 lead. The Russian girls couldn’t recover, and Turkey finished in style 25-13. 

In the middle of the second set, Russia slowly but steadily raised their game level, and the teams entered the finishing stage of the second period with a score of 19-19. The Russian ladies gained a three-point lead at 22-19, but Turkey bounced back to one point at 21-22. Russia’s head coach Yury Shchuplov called his girls off court to reorganise tactics. It helped as Turkey found no solutions to catch up with their Russian counterparts. 

Even though Russia never gave up, the Turkish express moved too quickly and they rapidly recovered from their set loss and dominated sets three and four, masterfully. For Russia it was the second consecutive setback after their 2-3 defeat against Germany, yesterday. 

The Netherlands versus Germany 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23) 

In tonight’s second Pool II match, The Netherlands surprised Friday’s winners Germany with a 3-1 win. Juliet Lohuis and Marrit Jasper topped the scores of the winning team with 17 points, while Julia Schaffer booked 21 kills for the losers.

Germany couldn’t find their way around in the first two sets. The almost impenetrable Dutch block-defense system with Juliet Lohuis, Nicole Oude Luttikhuis, Britt Bongaerts as well as Lynn Braakhuis made it virtually impossible for the German ladies to score (the Dutch quartet booked 13 block kills).

Germany started to wake up in the second set, but it was too late to avoid a comfortable 2-0 lead for the surprisingly resurgent Dutch team (25-21). Although Jens Tietböhl’s squad showed a great comeback in the third set, the young Germans couldn’t pull through in the fourth period as The Netherlands picked up their game and booked a well-deserved 3-1 win. 

Serbia versus France 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-22) 

Hosts Serbia booked their second win by beating France in straight sets and had no major problems in their second match in a flawless performance against the French youngsters. Serbian receiver Bojana Milenkovic topped the scores with 14 points. 

Right from the beginning, the local stars set the pace. The French girls, overwhelmed by the atmosphere and the aggressive Serbian attackers, couldn’t react. In the second period, France improved a lot and stayed close until the end, but Serbia’s block, especially that of Maja Aleksic, played a crucial role. Even though “les bleus” did their best to bounce back, Serbia stayed focused in the third and last set to book their second win at 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship.

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The preliminary phase of the 2013 CEV Girls' Youth Volleyball European Championship is split into two pools of six teams with the top two from each pool advancing to the semifinals. Pool I comprises hosts Montenegro, Italy, Slovenia, Greece, the Czech Republic and Poland. Pool II sees hosts Serbia up against Russia, Germany, France, Turkey and The Netherlands. 

The tournament’s final ranking will determine the six teams that will represent Europe at this year’s FIVB Girls' U18 World Championship in Thailand, as well as the eight nations taking part at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht. 

The matches of preliminary Pool I as well as all semifinal and final matches are available live and for free at www.laola1.tv.

Pool II matches are streamed on the official website of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia at http://eng.ossrb.org


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