Turkey’s best achievement at the European Championships is the 11th place, in 1963, 2011, and in the last CEV Euro Volley in Poland in 2017. Their opponents Russia are completely different story. They are a true European volleyball power and the current European Champions and the FIVB Volleyball Nations League winners. The teams have not played each other recently.
First RefereeAleksandar PETROVICSRBSecond RefereeJan KRTICKACZE
The Stožice Arena, which opened the 10th of August 2010, is the biggest multipurpose arena in Slovenia with the full capacity of 12,480 visitors. It is a home to basketball team KK Olimpija Ljubljana, volleyball team ACH Volley Ljubljana and handball team RK Krim Ljubljana, and several national teams, among them the volleyball national teams. It has been also holding many music concerts and manifestations.
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GÜNGÖR Baturalp Burak
SAVAŞ Vahit Emre
GÜNEŞ Faik Samed
Izzet Unver (TUR) receives the ball
Team Russia celebration
Valentin Golubev (RUS) receives the ball
Artem Volvich (RUS) spikes the ball
Volkan Done (TUR) receives the ball
Egor Kliuka and Valentin Golubev try to receive the ball
Team Turkey during anthem
Team Turkey during time-out
Team Russia winning photo
Russia do not dissappoint - no surprises in the opening match of EuroVolley Pool C
Team Russia, the reigning European Champions, won the opening match of the 2019 CEV Volleyball European Championships pool C in Ljubljana's Stožice Arena. Russians beat Turkey 3-1 to record their first win of the tournament.
Turkey won the first point of the match but then Russia quickly took the matters into their own hands, and after Dmitrii Volkov's great serves and two aces for a 16-7 lead, which they kept till the end of the one-sided first part of the game (25-13). The second set proved to be the most exciting of the entire match as Turkey and Russia leveled at 22 - 22, but soon it was Turkey to take the lead 24-22. Their first set point opportunity did not pay off, but Russia's serve to the net ended things in Turkey's favour. In the tihird and fourt set of the match Russia did not allow any more surprises and won securely 25- 17 and 25-15. Russian outside-spiker Dmitrii Volkov topped the score cards with 16 points, while Turkey's opposite Adis Lagumdzija concluded the match with as many as 15 points.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of TURKEY compared to RUSSIA.
TURKEY number of service aces compared to RUSSIA
Errors leading to points of TURKEY, next to those from RUSSIA
“Russia are a team of world-class champions, one of the best teams at this Championship if not even the best. They are the best team in our pool. We are satisfied how we played. We played as a team. We had a few series of mistakes, with five, six errors, which should not happen this level. If we improve the reception, we have good chances against North Macedonia tomorrow.”
"It was very tough to start the first match of the championship. All team was a little bit worried about the result, that's why we had good motivation to win. We won the first set very easy and in the second set we were relaxed, which is why we lost it. It was a cold shower, we needed to improve our game and concentration. Everyone felt more confident in third and fourth set."
"It was first game and we were a little bit nervous. We started a bit slowly and did not find our best game and best conditions. It was tough, not easy. But after second set we won really confidently, and we are happy to go straight. Today it was very important to find our game and start this championship to find our level. "
setter and team captain (RUS)
"In the first match we are searching our play rhythm. We served pretty well today, serve and reception were a lot better in the opening, but in the second set, probably after easy first set and we were winning in the second set, we had a few minutes of lack of concentration, like always in volleyball, it becomes difficult. But I am happy that we lost the second set because we did not deserve to win it. Then the team played really focused and we won with confidence."
head coach (RUS)