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Serbia celebrate Junior Women's European title

Serbia's Junior Women's team are welcomed home
Belgrade, Serbia, September 4, 2014 - For the first time in history, Serbia's Junior Women’s volleyball team are European Champions. The team returned to Belgrade late on Tuesday, where they were officially welcomed by Mr Slobodan Milošević, Secretary General, and Mr. Nenad Golijanin, First Vice-President of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia.

The  team's biggest surprise was the welcome provided by the full Women’s Senior team, who were on hand to congratulate them for the outstanding achievement at the European Championship. The Golden Girls met with their friends and family at Belgrade’s „Nikola Tesla“ airport, in front of many media representatives.

On Wednesday morning, a cocktail party was organised in honour of the team. With numerous media and friends gathering to celebrate their victory, the guests were addressed by Mr Predrag Peruničić, State Secretary for Sports, Mr Aleksandar Boričić, President of the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, Ms Tijana Bošković, team captain and MVP of the Championship, and Mrs Marijana Boričić, head coach.

Mr Dragan Atanasov, Serbian Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth, was also present, accompanied by Mr Boričić, Mr Golijanin and Mr. Zoran Avramović, Marketing Director.

Mrs. Dragana Roter Crkvenjakov, representing Volleyball Federation of Serbia General Sponsor „Vip mobile“, and Mr Boričić presented the players and team staff members with gifts.

Head coach Marijana Boričić said: "After seven years spent with the national teams, and many finals lost, this is my first gold medal. This is a huge success for us. We anticipated that it would not be easy, but in the end it was easier than we had ever imagined it would be. We were greatly motivated in the final match, because we lost to Slovenia in the finals of the EYOF, so we wanted to settle the score with them. This is a huge boost for these girls before the next big tournament, which is the World Championship."

Team captain and MVP Tijana Bošković said: "The feeling is phenomenal. It was really hard, we worked very hard, but it paid off in the end. We lost only two sets in the whole tournament and that says a lot. Of course, me being the MVP is a great honour, but I have to point out that my teammates made this possible for me."

The Championship was a huge success for other Balkan teams. Out of the five best ranked teams at the European Championship, four represented the Balkan Volleyball Association (BVA). Girls from the teams competing under the auspices of the BVA also won five individual awards.


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