New Year's Volleyball festival turns into huge success in Novi Sad
News from the National Federations
Novi Sad, Serbia, January 10, 2013. The third edition of the so-called “New Year’s Volleyball Festival” held in Novi Sad turned into a major success as the event was joined by 128 teams from Serbia, Russia, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the F.Y. Republic of Macedonia. A total of 400 matches were played in three days as 20 courts were set up in 8 different sports halls for players of the youth and pre-youth (also known as “pioneers”) divisions.
The girls of “Vrbas” claimed the pre-youth tournament by edging in two sets (25-21 and 25-16) their opponents of “Blok Aut” while “Cemp 07” beat “Prvi Tempo” to settle for third. Marina Vitas of “Vrbas” was named MVP of the tournament.
The boys’ pre-youth tournament was claimed by “Zeleznicar” that got past “As” in the final, doing so in straight sets too (25-16 and 25-19). Third place went to “Spartak Lijg” that got past “Futog” with the score of 25-22 and 25-19. Marko Avramovic, representing the likes of the gold medalists, was celebrated as the most valuable player of the competition.
In the youth division, the girls of “Vojvodina” beat “Ruma” in the final 2-1 (23-25, 25-18, and 15-9). Third place was claimed by “Iton Srem Tempo” that got past “Klek” in two sets (25-22, and 25-19). Marija Vujnovic from “Vojvodina” was awarded the MVP trophy.
“Vojvodina NS Seme” triumphed in the boys’ division by edging “As” in the final game (25-12, 19-25, and 15-5). “Srem Iton” got bronze beating “Spartak Lijg” 2-1 (15-25, 25-14, and 15-11).
FIVB Executive Vice President, CEV Senior Vice President and VFS (Volleyball Federation of Serbia) President Aleksandar Boricic awarded Nedjeljko Radovic the prize for the best player of the tournament.
All MVPs of the competition received – apart from a commemorative plate – a pair of sneakers offered by one of the sponsors of the tournament.
“We have supported this project promoted by the Volleyball Federation of Vojvodina right from the start and we’ll continue to do so also in the future. This is an excellent example of good work for our sport” said Mr. Boricic. “All together we will make the effort to contribute to the additional development of this festival so that it may be included also in the CEV calendar. Once this is done, we may start exploring the possibility to stage the first pre-youth European Champs here in Novi Sad” he concluded.