In the boys’ tournament Russia and Turkey top the charts of Pool A after scoring a couple of 3-1 victories over hosts Netherlands and Finland respectively. On Monday Turkey came back from one set down to cruise past Finland 18-25, 25-22, 25-19, and 25-17 paced by Yigit Gülmezoglu who scored 23 points.
In Pool B 2013 European silver medalists Poland that recently claimed bronze at the FIVB U19 World Championship in Mexico downed Italy in three straight sets (25-16, 25-13, and 25-20) with Aleksander Asliwka and Bartosz Bucko finishing the game in double digits with 15 and 14 points respectively. In the other match of the day France – though dissipating a 2:0 lead – could get past 2013 European bronze medalists Belgium at the tie-break (29-27, 25-22, 22-25, 22-25, and 15-11) in a game where Jean Patry and Lowie Stuer top scored for the winning and losing side with 22 and 20 points.
In the girls’ division the young “Oranjes” caused a sensation by edging 2013 European champions Poland in straight sets (25-19, 25-9, and 25-23); in the second match of Pool A Serbia beat Greece 3:0 (25-13, 25-16, and 25-23) with Sara Lozo and Tijana Boskovic pacing the winning side with 16 and 15 points. Olga Strantzali top scored for Greece with 15.
Pool B did see another surprise as 2013 European silver medalists Italy lost in straight sets to Germany (15-25, 19-25, and 11-25) in a game where Wiebke Silge was the most prolific scorer with 11 points. The pre-favorites of the competition did not have a lucky day as Turkey – winner of the bronze medal at the European Championship this past April – also lost to another outsider, Slovenia, 1:3 (19-25, 25-21, 23-25, and 21-25). Nika Markovic and Anita Sobocan top scored for the winning side with 16 and 14 points while Pelin Aroguz paced Turkey in their losing effort with 15.
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