Russia qualify, as competition for places at EuroVolleyU17W heats up
Luxembourg, January 5, 2018. With all pools in action on Day 2 of the 2018 CEV U17 Volleyball European Championship - Women 2nd Round there was plenty to play for. But it was a ticket to the finals in Bulgaria from the 13 - 21st April that everyone was after. After winning their opening two matches in a three team pool Russia were the first to secure their place next to the host team but all of the other pools are still open. And remember, it is the top team from each pool, together with the three runners-up with the best score that will qualify.
Day 2 was a busy day, with wins secured for Israel, Greece, Turkey, Belgium, Slovenia, Russia (pictured left), Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic Italy and Serbia. There is lots to follow online via social media on @CEVEuroVolley (Facebook/Twitter) or search using the official hashtag #EuroVolleyU17W.
Pool B - BASSANO DEL GRAPPA (ITA)
Poland vs Austria 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-10)
It was sold out in Bassano del Grappa for the second day with 1,200 spectators. In the first match of the day it was a clear victory for the Polish team, despite a rocky start against Austria, and Poland now have 5 points in the pool.
Evelyn Siebert from Austria said: "We are not really happy today. We made a good start, but then the height gap between us and them proved fundamental. We suffered in attack and defence."
Andrzej Pec from Poland said: “We had concentration problems at the beginning, then I called a time-out and I tried to give order to the team. Things settled down, we made fewer errors and we played with the right concentration. The third set was easy enough for us."
Pool D - ANAPA (RUS)
France vs Russia 1-3 (18-25, 25-18, 22-25, 12-25)
Two high level teams clashed in a fierce battle both showing great desire to win every point. Russia established a 4-point lead (12-8) with powerful cross-court spikes of Tatiana Kadochkina and Elizaveta Gosheva. France pulled back steadily through the guidance of Julie Henyo and even went ahead 16-14. However, several fails with the serve from the French side did not allow them to show more and Russia won 25-18.
France trailed again in the early stages of the second set thanks to attacks of Fétia-Here Rovira and Henyo from the wings. Svetlana Safronova made several substitutions but France troubled the Russian defence again. Strong attacking from Russia helped France to grab the set, 25-18 again.
In the third set both teams tried to pull ahead but Russia made less reception mistakes and despite France regrouping Russia won through 25-22. Russia found some fresh air in the fourth set and established a lead of six points at the second technical, largely due to spikes of Kadochkina. French spikes went out of bounds and Valeriia Gorbunova scored the last point for Russia to take the fourth 25-12.
Philipe Marta, Head Coach of France: “Congratulations to Russia! It was a hard game. In the beginning we were focused on the game but we started to make mistakes and we ended up losing.”
Svetlana Safronova, Head Coach of Russia: “It was a hard game for us. France has a good serve and good play in defence. Nevertheless, we could cope with them.”
Valeriia Gorbunova, player of Russia: “At the beginning of the match, we were not concentrated but France started to play very strong in attack and in defence. We could regroup and find the right team spirit to win.”
Pool E - RUMA (SRB)
Serbia vs. Estonia 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-10)
On the second day of the #EurovolleyU17W qualifier in Ruma, hosts Serbia beat Estonia in three sets after 63 minutes of play. Ana Drobnjak of Serbia topped the scorers chart with 11 points.
The match started nervously on both sides of the net, the teams struggled to score. However, by the second technical break things came to order as Serbia started to pull away. The home side got better as the match progressed and the Estonian girls could not match them. In the end, a well deserved victory for the home team.
“This win is expected but it is not always easy when you are clear favorites. You have to demonstrate it on the court. This was a good introduction for tomorrow s decider and I hope we ll celebrate the top spot 24 hours from now,” said Jovo Cakovic, head coach of Serbia.
“Today the stronger team won. We cannot be happy with our serve and reception. We struggled in almost every element of the game. Serbia deserved to win,” said Peeter Vahtra, head coach of Estonia.
Pool F - CHERKASY (UKR)
Latvia vs Greece 2-3 (21-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23, 14-16)
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