Belgrade, September 4, 2021 – In one exciting game where it has always dominated on feared Serbia, the women’s volleyball team graduates European champion for the third time in its history. In Belgrade the blue they beat the hosts of Serbia 3-1 in the final: 24-26, 25-22, 25-19, 25-11. At the ‘Stark Arena’ in Belgrade in front of over 20,500 spectators, the victory of the Italians has an even sweeter flavor, considering that the final of the European championship was played against that Serbia that eliminated the blue at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics: by combination it was exactly one month ago, on August 4. The girls fought from start to finish, suffering in the first set fought point to point and then growing until the final set, dominated.
Coach Mazzanti: extraordinary result
The women’s Italvolley coach rejoices Davide Mazzanti: “It was a long summer, in which we struggled, but the girls did something extraordinary“. And he confesses:” It was an incredible effort to return to the field, to be able to have fun again. It has been great to see the girls in these last few games have fun and express what their talent was. The girls were very good, it’s hard to find the words, it was a very tough time but I’m happy for them and for the movement, we needed it “.
Sylla: We never got down
“I can not believe it, I’m very happy, we played a great match, “he says Miriam Sylla, who can not hold back the joy for the European title. “We knew that every time it is tough against Serbia and we remembered the match at the Olympics – the reference to 0-3 in the Tokyo quarter-finals – We didn’t play as we knew but we decided to come here to prove something and we proved what we know. to do. After the Olympics we didn’t give up, we worked hard because we wanted to win something. “
Egonu best player
It was a team victory, but over all they stood out a fantastic one Myriam Sylla, the captain who raised the cup, and the usual one Paola Egonu, awarded as the best player of the tournament. But really, they all brought their contribution by gritting their teeth even when the Serbs seemed to fly on the wings of the enthusiasm of the noisy home crowd.
Egonu brought 29 points, Sylla 20, then there are 13 from Pietrini, 8 from Danesi, 2 from Malinova and one from Chirichella. On the other side the dreaded Boskovic it started in an overwhelming way but gradually lost lucidity.
Since 2018 the blue against Serbia had always lost in big events. Three years ago in the final of the World Cup the blue were silver, in 2019 they were eliminated in the semifinal of the European Championship and at the Tokyo Olympics the exit from the stage in the quarter-finals. In the last ten years Serbia has won the continental title three times, in 2011 in the tournament that took place in Serbia and in Italy, in 2017 on the fields of Azerbaijan and Georgia, and in 2019 in four countries.
The match report
The final of the 2021 European Volleyball Championship won by Italy over Serbia 3 to 1 is lasted an hour and 44 minutes with the first set, the longest one and won by the Serbs for 26 to 24, which lasted 34 minutes.
Serbia-Italia 1-3 (set: 26-24, 22-25, 19-25, 11-25)
Serbia: Rasic 12 points, Ognjenovic 3, Lazovic 2, Popovic 13, Boskovic 20, Milenkovic 4. Popovic (libero). Bus.
Non entrate: Caric, Mirkovic, Veljkovic, Bjelica, Blagojevic (libero), Kocic. All. Terzic
Italy: Pietrini 13 points, Danes 8, Egonu 29, Sylla 20, Chirichella 1, Orro. Of Gennaro (freedom). Gennari, Malinov 2, Parish.
Do not enter: Bonifacio, Nwakalor, Mazzaro, D’Odorico. Herds Mazzanti Referees: Burkiewicz and Ozbar.
The compliments of Vezzali
“On the roof of Europe with the girls of volleyball! After the Olympic disappointment they got up and proved their worth. All good, good staff and good Federvolley After the hat-trick in athletics in Tokyo, another great emotion. What a beautiful day of sport! “, He tweets Valentina Vezzali, Undersecretary to the Prime Minister with responsibility for sport.
He also rejoices David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament: “Nice what happened with our volleyball athletes”.
E Antonio Tajani he congratulated himself: “Champions of Europe! The girls of the Federvolley win gold after 12 years. Tonight in Belgrade the anthem of Mameli is playing again!”.
This is the roll of honor of the women’s volleyball European Championship:
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