Italy claim gold at inaugural WEVZA U16 Girls’ Championship, Spain and Belgium settle for silver and bronze
News from the Zonal Associations
Valladolid, Spain, July 19, 2015. On Sunday Italy claimed the gold medal of the inaugural WEVZA U16 Girls’ Championship held at the Polideportivo Pisuerga in the Spanish city of Valladolid. Italy routed Spain, the only other team with an immaculate record after four days of action, by 3:0 to get away with the title and gold medal. Belgium complete the podium following the victory claimed by the young ‘Yellow Tigers’ in their matchup with Switzerland and The Netherlands settled for fourth place after edging Portugal in their last match of the tournament.
The much anticipated ‘clash of titans’ at the WEVZA U16 Girls’ Championship was rather one-sided with Italy sweeping three sets in a row to celebrate their first place in the competition (25-20, 25-17, 25-18). Italy played at a very high level whereas the local heroines of Spain seemed to have a fairly slow start into the match. This way everything went quite easy for the Azzurrine who cashed the first and second sets by 25-20 and 25-17. Things did not change in the third and eventually final set where Italy claimed an early lead and set the pace of the game at both technical time-outs. The fight that everyone had expected and the local fans were hoping for started only in the crunch time of the third set but Italy stayed focussed to finish it off in three sets (25-18).
Italy’s mentor Pasquale D’Aniello said: “We played very well. We are very happy with our performance in this tournament. We had the opportunity to play international matches. We had many individuals and now we have a real team. I think that we have a team with a great future. Now they are only promising well, but I am confident that a great future lies ahead for these young players.”
Spain’s coach Fortunato Sánchez said: “This is our first international competition. I think that if we continue with the same effort, hard work and spirit this group will have a great future. Today we started with some fear. We started to play only in the third set, but we couldn’t really find our way into the game.”
Belgium secured the bronze medal at the tournament in Valladolid after upsetting Switzerland by 3:1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-11). The players trained by Robin De Bont showed an exceptional performance to beat the Swiss team in four sets. The girls from the alpine country displayed an exceptional determination and willingness to win in a very tight opening set. However, the Belgian team started making fewer mistakes and drew level at the end of the second set and after that imposed their quality and supremacy, doing so especially in a very one-sided fourth set. The final result secured a spot on the podium for the young ‘Yellow Tigers’.
On Sunday The Netherlands celebrated their second victory in Valladolid cruising to a 3:0 win (25-16, 25-17, 25-15) over Portugal. The Dutch team dominated their rival showing a lot of focus and serving really well to shake Portugal’s defence. With many mistakes, on the other hand, Portugal made it quite easier for the team of coach Arnold van Ree, which closed the second set at 25-17. The third set was completely under the control of the Dutch team, with the young Oranjes bringing it to an end at 25-15 to celebrate their second hurrah in the competition.
4. The Netherlands
Best Outside Spiker: Alice Tanase (ITA)
Second Best Best Outside Spiker: Hester Jasper (NED)
Best Middle Blocker: Fatim Kone (ITA)
Second Best Middle Blocker: Guadalupe Sol Rosell (ESP)
Best Setter: Rachele Morello (ITA)
Best Opposite: Valeria Battista (ITA)
Best Líbero: Elisa Tonello (ITA)
MVP: Elisa Tonello (ITA)
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