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06. 09. 2018

EUROVOLLEY U19 W: Russia, Italy, Turkey and Poland reach semifinals!

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These four teams have qualified for the European U19 Championship semifinals: Russia, Italy, Turkey and Poland!

 

Russia and Italy have finished the group stage with 5-0 scores, while Poland had defeat and Turkey two defeats. In the semifinals, Italy will play against Turkey, while Russia are meeting Poland.

We finish the group stage with five wins in five matches. I am happy that I had a chance to give all the girls the opportunity to play and they responded brilliantly. Our aim was to go to Tirana, but it is going to be a tough battle there, so let's wait and see,” says head coach of Italy, Massimo Bellano.

We are very happy that we played a good match on Wednesday and that we qualify for the semi-finals. We know the situation in the other Pool and we would like to play against the team that is not so strong, of course. We have played against these teams one year ago, but a lot of things have changed for that period, so we will see what will happen,” says Aleksandar Karikov, head coach of Russia.

POOL A:

Bulgaria – Belarus 1-3 (20-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-25)

Italy – Albania 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-19)

Poland – Netherlands 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-18)

Standings: Italy 5-0 (15 points), Poland 4-1 (12), Belarus 3-2 (9), Netherlands 2-3 (6), Bulgaria 1-4 (3), Albania 0-5

POOL B:

Serbia – Slovakia 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 27-25)

France – Turkey 0-3 (20-25,18-25, 17-25)

Russia – Germany 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-14)

Standings: Russia 5-0 (15 points), Turkey 3-2 (10), Serbia 3-2 (9), Germany 3-2 (7), Slovakia 1-4 (3), France 0-5 (1)

 

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