Russia routed Estonia in three straight sets on Monday (25-20, 25-17, 25-18) and after that edged also Greece by 3:1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20) to win this mini tournament. In the last match played on Wednesday Greece cruised to a 3:0 victory over the home heroines of Estonia (25-17, 25-17, 25-22) to claim second place in the final standing. Estonia has played a total of eight matches in the last stage of the preparations for the Championship, recording three victories – all against Finland – and five losses.
The winner of the tournament held in Tartu, Russia, travels now to the other venue of the Final Round, Tampere, and will debut there on Saturday playing hosts Finland in a Pool that also includes the likes of Slovenia, Italy, Turkey, and Belgium. Estonia’s home heroines will mark their European debut on Saturday in Tartu playing 2012 silver medallists Serbia. Pool I also includes the national teams of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, and the Netherlands.
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