Turkey in Pool II top spot at CEV Girls' Youth Volleyball Championship
Titleholder Turkey romped past Serbia 3-0 on Tuesday night for its fourth win at the 2013 CEV Girls' Youth Volleyball European Championship |
Kladovo, Serbia, April 2, 2013 - Turkey eased past
Serbia in Tuesday’s top duel of Pool II. The Turks improved their win-loss
record to 4-0 at the 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship securing
Sahin Catma’s squad a well-deserved semifinal spot. Germany beat France 3-1,
while Russia booked their first win in Kladovo by defeating The Netherlands 3-1.
Turkey versus Serbia 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-23)
Turkey romped past Serbia 3-0 on Tuesday night for its fourth win at the 2013
CEV Girls’ Youth Volleyball European Championship, while Serbia lost their
first match of the tournament. Following a thrilling victory over Germany
yesterday, Turkey continued to show their consistency with their 25-18, 25-19, 25-23
sweep of Serbia.
Ada Germen scored 11 points for Turkey to lead the game while Pelin Aroguz
added 8. Bojana Milenkovic led the Serbian team with 15 points. Serbia
committed 34 errors while Turkey only 20.
It was a one-way duel in the first set with Turkey controlling the match in
almost all aspects of the game. The Turks quickly led 13-5 and never looked
Serbia started strongly with powerful serving and lethal spikes to take a 5-2
lead in the second set. The Turkish players, however, managed to stay positive and
with their powerful serves and the Serbians' poor reception and serve errors, Turkey
helped to keep the winning momentum.
The two sides fought harder in the third set and their gap never exceeded two
points after the second technical break before the more experienced Turkey
brought up match point at 24-23. As Cansu Ozbay came from the service line to
serve a ball home, the reigning champions took the match 25-23.
As Serbia’s coach Marijana Boricic said, “We committed too many mistakes
tonight in almost all parts of the game. Turkey played much better, especially
in defence. As a consequence of today’s result, we need to win at least one set
Turkey’s coach Catma Sahin expressed her pleasure with her team’s performance
after the match saying, “We knew that we were facing a very strong Serbian
team. However, my girls felt they could win, and I am glad they did.”
France versus Germany 1-3 (26-28, 19-25, 25-22, 13-25)
Germany resisted a strong challenge to overpower France 3-1 in an exciting
match on Tuesday, the fourth day of the tournament in Pool II. Germany, holding
a two to two win-loss record at the tournament, wrapped up the 112-minute
tussle with a score of 28-26, 25-19, 22-25, 25-13.
Germany’s Julia Schäfer topped the score chart with 29 points, including 8 aces
and 3 blocks.
The two sides traded runs in the first set to tie it at 12-12 before France
went ahead at 17-15 with Helena Cazaute and Juliette Fidon on fire. Germany
fought back their trademark offense as Julia Schäfer and Steffi-Martha Kuhn
proved some good kills to lead their teammates to a hard-earned 1-0 set
Inspired with the first set win, Germany made an early effort to go ahead 6-2
in the second set and led 8-5 into the first technical timeout. France slowly
narrowed the gap but couldn’t prevent Tietböhl’s team storming to 25-19 win.
France bounced back strongly in the third set, racing to a 22-18 lead, but
Germany steadily pulled them back to a score of 22-22. However, France then
scored three consecutive points, giving “les bleus” their hope for victory
Nevertheless, the fourth set was again all-German. Led by an impressive
Annegret Holzig, who was omnipresent on the court with her powerful spikes,
solid block work and a couple of service winners, Germany cruised to victory.
Jens Tietböhl, Germany’s coach said, ”We had to win today and fortunately we
did it. Of course, we depend on other results, but we have to do our job and
win tomorrow as well. Then we shall see.”
France’s coach Serge Marouteau said, “The German team played well. We made many
mistakes, especially with serving.”
The Netherlands versus Russia 1-3 (25-18, 19-25, 18-25, 14-25)
Russia came back from one set down to defeat The Netherlands 3-1 in Pool II on
Tuesday night. It was the first win for Russia at the 2013 CEV Girls’ Youth
Volleyball European Championship. The Dutch girls dropped to a two to two
win-loss record at the tournament.
Russia’s Anastasia Lopatina topped the score chart with 20 points, including 4
aces. Angelina Sperskayte helped her with 15, including 5 blocks.
The Netherlands experienced a better start to today’s capital match against
powerhouse Russia in contention for the top eight spots. The “Oranjes”
controlled the match until 10-6 in the second set before Russia picked up its pace
and levelled the score at 13-13 in what was the turning point of the match.
Angelina Sperskayte and Anastasia Cheremisina booked an impressive double-block
winner to allow Russia to make it 1-1 with a score of 25-19.
The Russian girls continued their good form in the third and fourth set. Even
though The Netherlands never gave up the Russian team brimmed with confidence
and never looked back.
The Netherlands coach Saskia van Hintum said, “We started strongly but Russia
fought back courageously. They eventually discovered their rhythm, and we
couldn’t manage to find our way around.”
Russia coach Yury Shchuplov also said, “Today we showed our real potential, and
we are very happy for it. However, tomorrow we must play even better and book
yet another victory.”
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
and additional info, please visit www.cev.lu.