But the thrashing victory of Cyprus (which was the first ever victory over Luxembourg in their head-to-heads at junior level) not only dethroned Luxembourg from the top position which the Grand Duchy had monopolized ever since the inaugural edition of the Championship dating back to 2006, but sent them crashing to third place as Scotland emerged to claim the silver medal.
Cyprus needed just two sets to win the title and completely overwhelmed the defending champions from the very beginning, leading the score throughout the match.
For the third day running Eleana Petrou was top scorer of the Cypriot side with 13 points as the home team scored off 8 aces (to Luxembourg’s 6), 7 blocks (to 1) and 28/65 kills (to 30/96).
“We were extremely disciplined in our tactics today”, said the head coach of Cyprus, Manolis Roumeliotis after the deciding match.
“Congratulations to my players for their steady performance throughout the tournament”.
“The future looks good, as long as we don’t neglect it” added assistant coach, Petros Patsias. “It’s time to show that we have faith in our younger players and I’m sure they won’t disappoint us”.
In addition to the title, Cyprus collected four Individual Awards, with MVP and Best Server Eleana Petrou, Best Setter Ioanna Leonidou and Best Libero Stella Constantinou. Scotland’s Sophie Hunter was awarded as Best Receiver and Naomi Symonds as Best Blocker. Luxembourg’s Leah Dickhoff emerged as the tournament’s Best Scorer and Best Spiker.