25. 08. 2019

EUROVOLLEY 2019 W: Turkey reject Finland’s comeback, Poland and Belgium keep perfect record

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Turkey National Team survived the comeback of Finland on Day 2 of the 2019 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship which is co-hosted by four nations (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey) for the first time in the history of the tournament.



The Pool A hosts Turkey kept the perfect record in the 2019 EuroVolley after two rounds by rejecting the comeback of Finland in front of more than 7,000 spectators at Ankara Sport Hall: 3-2 (26-24, 25-15, 20-25, 21-25, 15-10). On the other hand, the national team from Scandinavia remained winless in their first appearance in the continental championship after 30 years.

The prospect Ebrar Karakurt poured in 26 points (68% positive reception) for the winning side, while Eda Erdem Dündar and Zehra Güneş made 4 kill blocks. Finland was led by Piia Korhonen (19 points), Roosa Helena Laakkonen (5 kill blocks) and Salla Karhu (79% excellent reception). 

Greece recorded their first EuroVolley victory since 1991 as they downed France in straight sets. Olga Strantzali top-scored for the national team from the Mediterranean with 18 points. Maria-Eleni Artakianou made 80% excellent reception. Christina Bauer scored 11 points for France, including 5 kill blocks. Amandine Giardino made 68% positive reception.



One of the tournament’s co-hosts Poland and Belgium each scored the second win in Pool B and have a perfect record. Well-packed stands at Atlas Arena in Łódź (nearly 8,000 spectators) saw the returnee to Poland National Team, Katarzyna Zaroślińska-Król, shining in the 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-11) win of her side against Portugal with the game-high 18 points (5 kill blocks).

Belgium closely follow Pool B hosts in the battle for the top spot as they swept Slovenia in three sets with 20 points (70% excellent attack) from Britt Herbots. Iza Mlakar scored 19 for Slovenia.

2019 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship, Final Round – Day 2:

POOL A (Ankara, Turkey)

France – Greece 0-3 (12-25, 21-25, 21-25)

Finland – Turkey 2-3 (24-26, 15-25, 25-20, 25-21, 10-15)

POOL B (Łódź, Poland)

Belgium – Slovenia 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-29)

Portugal – Poland 0-3 (14-25, 16-25, 11-25)

POOL C (Budapest, Hungary)

Estonia – Croatia 1-3 (18-25, 17-25, 28-26, 12-25)

Romania – Hungary 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 26-24, 25-22)

POOL D (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Germany – Spain 3-1 (15-25, 25-19, 31-29, 25-18)

Switzerland – Slovakia 0-3 (20-25, 16-25, 22-25)




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