EEVZA Junior Championships ended in Kuldiga and Krosno
Kuldiga, Latvia and Krosno, Poland, November 24, 2013. EEVZA Junior Men Championship (born 1995/1996) in Kuldiga ended with the victory of Russian team but in Krosno EEVZA Junior Women (born 1996/1997) Champion title has been won by Poland.
On Sunday after the game between Latvia and Russia in Kuldiga, head coach of Latvian Junior men team Jurijs Deveikus said: "Although the goal was to win a medal in this championship, have to say that with the quality of the previous games we have played, we could not succeed, however I am glad that today s game against Russia proved that we can play good enough. Of course there is a lot of work to have a solid team performance afterwards. If we begin the game well, this level should be held to the end. And against Russia on all positions we played a lot better than the previous games."
Russian Team player Loran Alekno is satisfied with the tournament: "We arrived with the aim of winning and we did it. This championship for our team was like interplay tournament and our coach had an opportunity to evaluate each player what he may or may not do on the court. This kind of composition we had for the first time."
As the main competitors in the tournament EEVZA L.Alekno considered team from Ukraine but coach Alexander Karikovs as main competitors named Latvians and Estonians because with these teams will be played Estonia European Championship qualification round match in April.
Best players awards for junior men:
Latvia - Karlis Levinskis (No.10)
Russia - Aleksandr Kimerov (No.14)
Estonia - Ragnar Kalde (No.1)
Ukraine - Pavlo Liashenko (No.7)
Azerbaijan - Vusal Rustamov (No.7)
Ranking of Junior men teams:
1. - Russia
2. - Estonia
3. - Ukraine
4. - Latvia
5. - Azerbaijan
Best players awards for junior women:
BEST SETTER - BAŁDYGA Paulina (No.1, POL)
BEST SCORER - MIILEN Kristine (No.13, EST)
BEST BLOCKER - BARCHUK Anastasia (No.2, RUS)
BEST RECEIVER - FOJUCIK Weronika (No.12, POL)
BEST SERVER - SPERSKAITE Angelina (No. 10, RUS)
BEST SPIKER - SMARZEK Malwina (No.10, POL)
BEST LIBERO - GUSKOVA Natalia (No.18, RUS)
MVP - SMARZEK Malwina (No.10, POL)
Ranking of Junior women teams:
1. - Poland
2. - Russia
3. - Estonia
4. - Latvia
Photo gallery of EEVZA Junior Men Championship in Kuldiga, Latvia is available HERE