Slovakia, Netherlands and Belarus book tickets to 2018 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women Finals

Sunday 1st of July 2018

Luxembourg, June 30, 2018. Slovakia became the first team from the third round of qualifications for the 2018 #EuroVolleyU19W to secure their spot for the Finals of the competition after seizing a 3-0 victory vs. Slovenia. This happened on the third and last day of the tournament held in Samos (GRE). Later in the afternoon, the Netherlands faced Greece, and despite they were already qualified as second best team before the match was played, the Dutch took a 3-0 win over the hosts. Saturday was a very positive day for Belarus as well, as they claimed another victory in Pool H, this time over Germany (3-1) and they secured their spot in the Finals as well. The hosts of Romania recorded their first win at the tournament after edging Norway 3-1 in Ploiesti. 

Pool I in GRE

Slovakia vs. Slovenia 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-20)  

 •   Slovakia finished undefeated the qualification tournament held in Samos. 
•    This result also helped the Netherlands to instantly qualify for the Final Round.  
•    Karolina Fricova became once again Slovakia s top scorer recording 14 points (including four aces, while her team scored 13 times from the end line in total).
•    Simona Jelinkova from Slovakia performed very well too and helped her teammates reach the Finals, scoring 11 points for her team.

Michal Matusov, head coach of Slovakia: “We played very well. We wanted to win this qualification very much and we managed to do it. I am proud of my players and of my colleagues and I would like to thank all of them.”


The Netherlands vs. Greece 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-21)

•    Although already qualified even before the start of the game, the Netherlands finished the tournament on a positive note, winning 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-21) against the hosts of Greece.
•    The best that the Greek players were able to do was leading at 23-22 in the second set, before Vera Mulder hit off the block.
•    The Dutch were led again by Annick Meijers who scored 19 points.
•    The overall performance of the Netherlands was better as well - they outclassed their opponents with 13 aces and 14 blocks vs. five and one, respectively. 

Julien Van de Vyver,  head coach of the Netherlands: "We played against a strong team with good players, performing especially good in attack. We had to fight, it wasn’t an easy win over Greece, but I am glad we did it. I m happy about my team. It was a great tournament with high-level Volleyball and an excellent organisation.”

Pool H in ROU

Romania vs. Norway 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-18, 25-12)

•    Romania opened the day at Olimpia Sports Hall in Ploiesti by sweeping Norway aside. 
•    The young Romanian players controlled the first set from the very start to the end and never gave their opponent an opportunity to come back. In the first set the team headed by Madalina Angelescu had a great start, while Norway struggled in all aspects of the game. 
•    In the second set the players of coach Magnus Borge Johansen came out with all guns blazing thanks to their outside spiker Emilie Olimstad who crushed Romania’s defence.
•    In the next two sets, Romania showed its strength, being really determined, taking three important points in the battle for a ticket to the Finals of #EuroVolleyU19W.
•    Alexia Ioana Carutasu became the best scorer of the game with 23 points for Romania. 
•    Emilie Olimstad with 16 points was Norway’s top scorer in this match.


Germany vs. Belarus 1-3 (18-25, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25)

•    After defeating Norway on Friday, Belarus claimed a second straight win, this time edging Germany by 3-1.  
•    The Pool H leaders never trailed in the first set, extending their lead to three points, at 16-13. They kept the pressure high to win the opening set by 25-18. 
•    Belarus rushed to take control of the scoreboard by taking a 16-9 lead in the second part, following some great actions in both defence and offence. Hanna Hryshkevich contributed with powerful spikes to end the set at 25-23. 
•    Belarus was less accurate in the third set, and Germany took a 21-16 lead with Emma Cyris on command. The German girls set the pace of the set and won it at 25-22 .
•    Belarus quickly bounced back from this disappointment, starting the fourth set with an 8-6 lead before cruising to a 25-20  set victory.
•    Hanna Hryshkevich and Yuliya Miniuk topped the scorers’ chart of the match with 25 and 18 points, respectively, for Belarus. Emma Cyris contributed with 22 points to Germany’s tally.


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