Women’s Silver #EuroLeague: Sweden Downs Austria for Gold; Albania Nabs Bronze

2018 WOMEN’S EUROPEAN VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE

  • May 19th-June 20th, 2018
  • European Volleyball League Homepage

The final two matches of the Silver League wrapped up today, putting a close to both Golden and Silver on the Women’s and Men’s sides. Completing the final day’s was Sweden earning gold, followed by Austria for Silver and Albania for Bronze. The win for Sweden sends them on to the aforementioned Golden League too, where they will compete in 2019.

FORMAT:

In the 15th edition of the Women’s European Volleyball League, the tournament is split into two divisions: a 12-team Golden League and an eight-team Silver League. All teams are split into four-team pools for their division. In the Golden League, all three pool winner plus Hungary (or the team in second if they win their pool), the Final Round host, advance. In the Silver League, the winner of each pool, the next best team and host-Sweden will advance to the last four.

Overall, this event acts as a qualifier for two teams to the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Challenger Cup, which provides an opportunity to make the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League.

THE FINAL ROUND:

Silver League:

  • Nykoping, Sweden | Rosvalla Nykoping Eventcenter

SWEDEN DEF. AUSTRIA 3-1

  • Sweden def. Austria 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 16-25, 25-17)
  • Sweden wins Gold at 6-2; Austria garners Silver at 6-2

In the gold medal match for the Silver League, Sweden was fueled by a home crowd and downed Austria in four sets. The opening two were close, but the final pair came with more distance, sending the Swedish contingent home happy. It will also send Sweden on to the Golden League in the 2019 tournament, as they earned their promotion with the event victory.

The block was fairly even, but an onslaught of five in the final set pushed Sweden to the large victory. Prior to that, it was all about the Swedish attack that logged 63 kills compared to just 44 from Austria, while the battle of the serve was fairly even. The Haaks also starred once more for Sweden and Isabelle Haak was eventually named tournament MVP.

ALBANIA DEF. ESTONIA 3-0

  • Austria def. Estonia 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-21)
  • Albania earns Bronze at 6-2; Estonia finishes fourth at 5-3

Albania finished off their strong campaign in the silver league with a bronze medal, despite falling short of gold with a semifinals loss yesterday. It’s a tough ending for Estonia, who doesn’t earn any hardware after a 5-1 start ends with back-to-back losses.

Estonia was riddled with errors throughout the match, totaling 23 of them compared to just 10 from Albania. That ability to avoid mistakes and be more efficient hitting led to a 35-29 edge in kills. The combination of it all was a quick Albania victory in a match that lasted just five minutes more than an hour.

SCHEDULE:

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
16 Jun 17:00 0–3 Sweden 14–25 21–25 21–25 56–75 Report
16 Jun 20:00 3–1 Estonia 21–25 25–22 26–24 25–16 97–87 Report

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
17 Jun 16:00 3–0 Estonia 25–14 25–17 25–21 75–52 Report

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
17 Jun 19:00 3–1 Austria 25–23 25–21 16–25 25–17 91–86 Report

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