Ukraine and Turkey top final charts of men’s competition in Baku
2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup - Men
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 22, 2014. Ukraine and Turkey confirmed their status as strongest teams in Pool H to progress straight from the 1st to the 3rd Round of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup – Men. Ukraine completed a clean sweep of their matches in Baku routing Israel in the big final; the Israelis then lost to Turkey the final for second and third place, so it was Turkey that in the end claimed the much coveted ticket to the third stage of the competition coming up next year. Israel and Azerbaijan rounded out the final standing of the tournament held at the Heyat Rest Area in Baku and will resume their campaign in the competition with the 2nd Round slated for August/September (dates and venues to be determined).
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1st place Final
Ukraine vs. Israel 2:0
Iaroslav Gordieiev and Vladyslav Iemelianchyk set the tone for Ukraine by comfortably claiming their match with Israel’s Netanel Amiram Ohana and Alon Sanderovich (21-18, 21-11). The guys from Ukraine had to work a little more in the first set but in the second they had no problems at all and excellent serving prompted a speedy 21-11 to bring the match to a close.
The other match starring Sean Faiga/Ariel Hilman for Israel and Ukraine’s Sergiy Popov/Illia Kovalov was a much more dramatic affair. The Ukrainians were off to a flying start whereby they won the first set by 21-10; however, the Israelis fought back to win the second after a breathtaking final rush (25-23). Both teams stood a fair chance of bringing it home at the tie-break but in the end it was the Ukrainian tandem that prevailed at 15-13.
2nd and 3rd place Final
Turkey vs. Israel 2:0
The players from Turkey wanted to avenge yesterday’s defeat in the semi-finals and looked very motivated right from the go. Selcuk Sekerci and Ersin Dugut played Ohana/Sanderovich and the first set was another close affair. The teams exchanged the lead back and forth before the Turks showed more composure in the final stages to claim the set by 24-22. In the second the score was leveled up to 8 all; after that the Turks broke away (14:9) and easily won the set and the match (21-14).
Israel’s hopes to call for a “golden match” relied on Sean Faiga and Ariel Hilman who got to play Murat Giginoglu and Ergin Özbek. The Israelis regrouped after their defeat to Ukraine earlier on Sunday to win the first set by 21-18. However, the Turks fought back in the second set where they got an early lead that they widened all the way through to the final 21-14. Giginoglu and Özbek got a two-point lead right at the beginning of the tie-break and with strong serving they held on to it to cash the 15-11 whereby Turkey pocketed a ticket to the 3rd Round of the Continental Cup.
“We are happy with today’s performance,” said a member of the Turkish coaching staff. “Maybe we could have beaten also Ukraine if we had made the final. Anyway, the conditions here in Baku were just perfect and the players were pleased with the hospitality. We could not claim first place but we will try to improve for the next tournaments.”