The eight participating teams were divided into two preliminary Pools with four teams each.
Estonia, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine were assigned to Pool A while Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland will be playing in Pool B. Upon conclusion of the prelims, semifinals, finals as well as classification matches for positions 5-8 will follow.
Last year as the Championship was held in Lithuania, Russia won gold after beating Belarus in straight sets in the final (25-11, 25-14, and 25-18). Estonia settled for bronze while Lithuania was ranked fourth.
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