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Media Meeting Article

Overview

The 2018 world champion and runners-up will lock horns again after meeting in the WCH gold medal match in Yokohama, a match won by Serbia after a fierce five-setter. The reigning European and World Champions have reached the EuroVolley semi-finals for the fifth time in a row and are the only unbeaten team in the competition, winning their last 14.  On the other side of the net are Italy, who have reached the EuroVolley top four for a first time since 2011 (where they finished 4th). Both teams have a strong and powerful leaders, so we should be prepared for a shootout between Tijana Bošković and Paola Egonu!

Article: Media Meeting Ankara

Pre-match

  • Match Polls
  • Officials
    First Referee
    Ivaylo IVANOV
    BUL
    Second Referee
    Agnieszka MICHLIC
    POL
  • Venue Information
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    The Ankara Spor Salonu is an indoor sporting hall that is located in Ankara, Turkey that opened in April 2010. The seating capacity of the hall is 10,400 spectators. Built for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the new venue replaced the nearby Ankara Atatürk Sport Hall as the home of Turkish Basketball League clubs, Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Türk Telekom Basketbol, and Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler. In 2015, the hall hosted the FIVB U23 Girls Youth World Championship, along with the Baskent Voll
  • How To Attend
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    Gar Meydanı, Hipodrum Cad., ANKARA, 06080


    Get directions

  • Watch Live

    All CEV EuroVolley 2019 matches are available LIVE on: www.eurovolley.tv

    However, please be aware that the stream may be blocked in your country by a third-party service. Read more about the TV coverage in your country below.

    Following the conclusion of the match, short highlight videos will be made available on the platform.

    Find your Broadcaster here
  • Tickets

    Due to popular demand, unfortunately all 40,600 tickets for the finals weekend have been sold!

    Article - Attendance figures break 200k

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Head-to-Head

· Serbia (incl. predecessors) and Italy met six times in European championships and both teams won three encounters.
· The most recent clash at the European championships was in the quarter-finals in 2013, when Serbia won 3-0.
· In 2007, Italy beat Serbia 3-0 in the final of the European championship.
· Serbia won the world title in 2018, after a 3-2 win in the final against Italy. Tijana Boškovic (26) and Paola Ogechi Egonu (33) were their team's top scorers in that final.
· Italy beat Serbia 3-1 in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Italy scored 13 points from blocks in this match and had Egonu scoring 32 points, 20 more than Italy's next highest scorer (Cristina Chirichella, 12). Katarina Lazovic scored the most points for Serbia, 16.

Serbia

· Defending champions Serbia are on a winning streak of 14 European championship matches, since a 3-1 loss against Russia in the 2015 semi-finals.
· The last team to win at least 15 successive European championship matches was Italy - 18 successive victories from 2007 to 2011.
· Serbia won three of their five semi-final matches at European championships, in 2007, 2011 and 2017. They lost the semi-final in 2013 and 2015.
· After losing the semi-final at the European championship in 2015, Serbia won three of their four semi-final matches in major competitions - they reached the final at the 2016 Olympic Games, 2017 European championship and 2018 World Championship, and lost the semi-final in the 2017 World Grand Prix.
· Tijana Boškovic scored 22 points in Serbia's 3-0 quarter-final win versus Bulgaria, at least 11 more than any of her teammates.

Italy

· Italy can reach the final of the European championship for the fifth time. They played the final in 2001 (lost), 2005 (lost), 2007 (won) and 2009 (won).
· Italy have won their semi-final matches in the last two major competitions in which they reached this phase - the 2017 World Grand Prix and the 2018 World Championship.
· This is the 10th time Italy make a semi-final appearance at the European championship. They lost their first four semi-finals, then won four times in a row, before losing their most recent semi-final match, against Germany in 2001.
· Italy (99) will celebrate their 100th win at the European championships if they beat Serbia. They would become the fourth team to reach 100 wins in the competition after Russia (184, incl. Soviet Union), Germany (145, incl. West/East Germany) and Poland (119).
· Italy scored 18 points from blocks in their quarter-final win against Russia.
· Paola Ogechi Egonu (28 points) was Italy's top scorer in their 3-0 quarter-final win over Russia. Egonu was Italy's top scorer in all seven of their matches in this year's competition.

Quarter-Final Highlights

Team

Squad Listing

C 10

OGNJENOVIC Maja

Setter

1

BUSA Bianka

Outside spiker

2

LAZOVIĆ Katarina

Outside spiker

5

POPOVIC Mina

Middle blocker

8

MIRKOVIC Sladjana

Setter

9

MIHAJLOVIC Brankica

Outside spiker

11

VELJKOVIC Stefana

Middle blocker

12

PUSIC Teodora

Libero

13

BJELICA Ana

Outside spiker

14

ALEKSIĆ Maja

Middle blocker

17

POPOVIC Silvija

Libero

18

BOŠKOVIĆ Tijana

Opposite

19

MILENKOVIĆ Bojana

Outside spiker

20

BLAGOJEVIC Jelena

Outside spiker

8347

TERZIC Zoran

Head Coach

Player profile

TERZIC Zoran

Head Coach

9704

KOVACEVIC Branko

Assistant Coach

Player profile

KOVACEVIC Branko

Assistant Coach

45715

GRSIC Marko

Assistant Coach 2

Player profile

GRSIC Marko

Assistant Coach 2

Recent Results

Team Statistics

SERBIA

Overview

ITALY

Player Statistics

Serbia come together after securing their spot in the Sunday's final
Match Report

Serbia beat Italy to vie for back-to-back EuroVolley titles

Article 7 September 2019

In a rematch of last year’s FIVB World Championship gold medal match, Serbia stormed to a 3-1 victory over Italy to secure their spot in the grand finale of the historic CEV EuroVolley 2019 Women.

Serbia extended their EuroVolley winning streak, which has been lasting since they lost the semi-final of the 2015 edition to eventual winners Russia.

Paola Egonu of Italy was the best scorer with 26 points but the ‘Azzurre’ paid a high price for the 16 errors she made in attack. On the other side of the net, Tijana Boskovic scored 22 points for Serbia.

Serbian middle blocker Milena Rasic, who plays for Turkey’s heavyweight VakifBank ISTANBUL, was one of many (former) elite players to follow the match from the stands of Ankara Sports Hall.

On Sunday, Serbia will be playing the winners of the second semi-final match featuring Turkey and Poland in an effort to secure back-to-back European titles – a feat that Italy (2007 and 2009) and Russia (2013 and 2015) were able to achieve in recent EuroVolley history.

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The match in numbers

123
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

102
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

4285
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

222
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

53%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

7-12
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of ITALY compared to SERBIA.

5-7
Ace Count

ITALY number of service aces compared to SERBIA

48-51
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of ITALY, next to those from SERBIA.

Tijana Boskovic, player of Serbia: “Frankly speaking, I think this game was a final before the final for us because we played against Italy last year in the final of the World Championship. It was a tough game but we really enjoyed it. I am so proud of my team and about how we played today. We do not know our opponent yet for tomorrow. It does not really matter, since it is a EuroVolley final. I hope tomorrow we can play better than we did today.”

“We did not show our best Volleyball today. We had problems in attack. Today we made many mistakes, especially with our side-out game. I feel disappointed with our performance. Serbia is a great team but we can be better. I am happy with our journey at this EuroVolley but it is difficult to say much after losing a semi-final.”

Davide Mazzanti
Coach - Italy