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03/01/2013 20:00
Pre-favorite Russia and Italy easily stun their opponents in Moscow
2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship - Girls

Moscow, Russia, January 3, 2013. Waiting for the much anticipated clash coming up on Friday, pre-favorite Russia and Italy started out their quest for making it to the final round of the 2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship – Girls by easily edging their first opponents in Pool A, namely Estonia and Belarus respectively. Belgium did also emulate the heavyweights of the group by routing Norway.
Italy needed only three sets to upset Belarus (25-20, 25-17, and 25-20) with the girls from Minsk missing out on a good opportunity in the second set where they went up 12:9 before losing the next six points; Italy did not waste that chance and pocketed the second set paving the way for its speedy win. On the other hand, Russia had some kind of a training session with Estonia, and the score (25-8, 25-10, and 25-21) clearly reflects the absolute supremacy of the home side.  
To open the competition held in Russia’s capital city Belgium had edged Norway, doing so also in straight sets (25-12, 25-14, and 25-14) with Norway keeping the score a bit tight only in the early phases of each set before Belgium broke away to easily go for a clean sweep.  

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