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09/10/2020 21:45
Russia retain #EuroVolleyU17W crown
CEV U17 Volleyball European Championship 2020

Podgorica, Montenegro, October 9, 2020. Russia retained the U17 women’s title they had claimed two years ago in Bulgaria as they beat reigning U16 European champions Turkey in the gold medal match of the event held in Podgorica. The young Russians completed a clean sweep of their matches in the Montenegrin capital, dropping only two sets throughout the whole tournament – in their opening match of the pool stage with Poland and in today’s grand finale with Turkey. Earlier in the afternoon, Serbia beat Italy 3-1 to secure the bronze medal and claim the last step of the podium. The top six teams of this year’s #EuroVolleyU17W have all qualified for the next edition of the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship due to take place in 2021.

Gold medal match – Turkey vs. Russia 1-3 (25-20, 16-25, 12-25, 23-25)

Despite losing the first set of the ‘grand finale’, Russia rose to the occasion and they literally swept Turkey aside in the second and third sets of the gold medal match played on Friday evening at Verde sports complex in Podgorica. The fourth set was a very close affair, but Russia eventually emerged victorious to retain the continental title they had won two years ago in Sofia. Their team captain and star player Arina Fedorovtseva delivered another superb performance, scoring as many as 26 points in the process. Pelin Eroktay and Melisa Ege Bükmen recorded 17 and 16 points for Turkey, respectively.

“We are very disappointed because we lost the game for first place. I hope we will be the champions next year,” said the captain of the Turkish team, Pelin Eroktay.

“I can only say that it feels amazing, we are the champions!” said Russia’s captain and Most Valuable Player of the tournament, Arina Fedorovtseva.

Bronze medal match – Serbia vs. Italy 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-20)

After losing to Turkey and Russia in the semis, both of these teams looked determined to finish the tournament with a victory – with the ‘Azzurrine’ catching a very promising start to the match. However, Serbia rebounded from losing the first set and they swept three in a row to travel home with the bronze medals. Una Vajagic was once again their best scorer on a personal tally of 20 points, followed by Hena Kurtagic (17). Julia Ituma registered the most points for Italy with 16. The loss is quite a major blow and disappointment for Italy, after they had finished second at last year’s U16 competition on home soil in Trieste.