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23/03/2021 16:30
Galatasaray hoping to push for a Golden Set in CEV Cup Final Return Match
CEV Volleyball Cup 2021 - Women

Luxembourg, March 23, 2021. The CEV Cup - Women is close to finding its champion as the 2020/2021 season is only hours away from the return match between Galatasaray HDI Istanbul (TUR) and Saugella Monza (ITA). With an absolutely dominant performance in last week’s first encounter, won in straight sets, the Italians from Monza will be entering the court extremely confident that they could fend off any attempts from Galatasaray of pushing this Final into a Golden Set.

On the other hand, Galatasaray will be hopeful of a comeback at the Burhan Felek Voleybol Salonu in Istanbul, especially after their convincing display and win in the semi-finals against the French team of Beziers Angels, after losing the away match.

Another potentially massive boost for the Turkish side coached by Ataman Güneyligil is the expected return of their star player Olesia Rykhliuk, second in the competition scorer’s rankings, only behind teammate Tatiana Kosheleva, who is also expected to once again contribute massively to her team’s efforts.

“The most important thing is that this is not the end: we have another game and I believe in my team, and I know that we are able to do better. I hope we can enjoy the experience on the court in the next match and recover the girls who did not come here. We need all of us to win this cup,” said Kosheleva after the first match of this Final.


  • One overwhelming statistic from the first match is represented by the 17 blocks MONZA produced, when only being stopped twice by the Turkish block.
  • MONZA had a 58% execution in attack, Galatasaray had 41%.


Floortje Meijners, player of Saugella MONZA: “It may have seemed simple tonight, but Galatasaray is a strong team that we face with the right attitude. Now we need to focus on the away match: it will not be easy but we will do our best.”

The Final will be streamed live on CEV's EuroVolley.TV.

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