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EYOF: Pre-favorites suffered on opening day in Utrecht

by WoV
source: cev.lu; Photo: cev.lu

The Volleyball tournament of the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) got started on Monday in Utrecht where eight teams per gender are set to compete through this coming Friday.


Netherlands National Team, EYOF

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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