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22/12/2017 23:00
Netherlands win WEVZA U16 Women’s Championship and take home three individual awards
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Viana do Castelo, Portugal, December 22, 2017. The Netherlands are the gold medallists of the 2017 WEVZA U16 Women’s Volleyball Championship following their 3-1 victory (25-18, 24-26, 26-24, 25-21) over Germany in the ‘grand finale’ of the tournament held in Viana do Castelo.

Dutch coach Eelco Beijl was “very happy for the girls, because they deserved to win this extremely competitive ad very well organised tournament. I had warned them that playing a tournament is one thing and playing the final is something completely different. We had very good moments, similar to what Germany did, but we also made some childish errors. It is a team with a lot of potential. Congratulations to Germany for the way they played and to my team too. This final will be a very important moment for the coming years, but today the night is theirs and they should enjoy this victory.”

Switzerland stood on the third step of the podium after winning against the spirited team of Spain following a disputed 3-1 victory (25-27, 28-26, 29-27, 25-21). Johannes Nowotny, Switzerland’s coach did not hide his joy: “We are very happy with the bronze medal. We were not expecting it, but the team believed in it and we won against good opponents. This tournament was very good for all the teams, very well organised and we liked it to be here… despite the cold weather (laughs).”

Belgium finished the tournament in fifth place after their 3-2 victory (18-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-27, 15-11) against France. In the tiebreak, following a tie, Belgium scored a series of consecutive points until the final whistle. Caitlin Van de Perre, Belgium’s captain highlighted that “we are happy. We deserve this fifth place and that is proof of our hard work. It’s too bad that we didn’t win the first match against Switzerland, since we would have finished first in the pool and today we would be playing in the final.”

Portugal “A” and “B” contested the match for the seventh place with their top side coming out on top 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-17), after a rough start and trailing 5-12 in the first set. In the end, Manuel Almeida, Portugal’s coach said: “I cannot hide some disappointment because we didn’t win any match in the pool phase after the good performances that we had from both teams and it’s frustrating knowing that we could, or even should, be playing today for the third and fourth place of this competition. Our goal was to take advantage of this tournament to provide the players with as much experience as possible, especially to those that will play the European Championship qualification within two weeks, and in that aspect I consider the tournament very productive. We take important lessons from it and these will be very helpful for our next competitive goal and that will serve as an extra motivation to keep up this attempt of reaching the international elite.”

Final standing

1.    The Netherlands
2.    Germany
3.    Switzerland
4.    Spain
5.    Belgium
6.    France
7.    Portugal A
8.    Portugal B

Individual Awards

MVP: Jolijn de Haan (NED)
Best Scorer: Raquel Montoro (ESP)
Best Spiker: Anna Zijl (NED)
Best Server: Chiara Ammirati (SUI)
Best Blocker: Jolijn de Haan (NED)
Best Libero: Erika Kildau (GER)

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