The CEV Golden League competitions for women and men are concluded. In the women’s competition, the host of the final tournament, Bulgaria, won the trophy after defeating Croatia 3-1 in the final. In the men’s competition at a tournament played in Belgium, Turkey wins second consecutive trophy after a 3-1 victory over Ukraine.
In the women’s competition, Bulgaria wins the European Gold League in front of home fans. Bulgaria needed four sets to win over Croatia (22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-20). Bulgarian Emiliya Dimitrova was the top scorer of the game with 19 points. Samanta Fabris with 18 points was the best scorer for Croatia.
Spain took the bronze medal after beating the Czech Republic in five sets (28-26, 10-25, 23-25, 25-16, 15-10). Raquel Montoro was the top scorer with 24 points, while Ana Escamilla added 23 points. Veronika Trnkova was the best scorer for Czech Republic with 14 points.
Gold Medal Match W:
Croatia vs Bulgaria 1-3 (25-22, 22-25, 17-25, 20-25)
Bronze Medal Match W:
Spain vs Czech Republic 3-2 (28-26, 10-25, 23-25, 25-16, 15-10)
In men’s competition, Turkey confirmed dominance in the Golden Euroleague by defending the title on Sunday after a 3-1 victory over Ukraine. This is the second consecutive title for Turkey (Turkey is also the holder of the 2019 title. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic). Adis Lagumdzija was again the top scorer, this time scoring 23 points. Vasyl Tupchii was the top scorer for Ukraine with 13 points.
In the match for the bronze medal, Estonia defeated Belgium 3-0 and finished the 2021 edition of the Golden League in third place. Oliver Venno from Estonia was the top scorer of the match with 15 points.
Gold Medal Match M:
Ukraine – Turkey 1 – 3 (11-25, 20-25, 25-18, 21-25)
Bronze Medal Match M:
Belgium – Estonia 0 – 3 (22-25, 19-25, 19-25)