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Fenerbahce Grundig celebrate the win over VakıfBank after a five-set thriller PDF Print E-mail

Istanbul, Turkey, February 8, 2016. On Saturday afternoon Fenerbahce Grundig ISTANBUL claimed the ‘big match’ of the Turkish national league cruising to a 3-2 win (26-24, 23-25, 25-22, 16-25, 17-15) over VakifBank ISTANBUL at the end of an incredibly close and exciting match. 


The result further cemented Fenerbahce’s leadership at the top of the tables since they played their currently closest competitor, VakifBank, in their country’s national league. 

The match was attended by 2,500 fans and ended after 134 minutes of play. Kim Yeon-Koung top scored in the end for Fenerbahce with 23 points with Polen Uslupehlivan following next on 20. Dutch opposite Lonneke Slöetjes scored 31 times for VakifBank but this was not enough to edge past the Yellow Angels.


Fenerbahçe Grundig – VakıfBank : 3-2

Hall: Fenerbahçe Metro Enerji Sports Hall 

Attandence: 2500

Referees: Onur Hoşnut, Ramazan Çevik
Fenerbahçe Grundig: Skorupa (2), Bosetti (9), Dicle (7), Polen (20), Kim (23), Eda (9), Gizem (l), Ergül (-), Mhajlovic (5), Ezgi (1), Şeyma (2), Meliha (-)
VakıfBank: Gözde (10), Kübra (13), Lonneke (31), Anne (12), Robin (12), Naz (3), Gizem (l), Çağla (-), Melis (-), Cansu (-), Hill (4)
Set Scores: 26-24, 23- 25, 25-22, 16-25, 17-15
Duration: 134 mins. (30, 31, 29, 24, 20 )

Fitness Seminar was held in Istanbul PDF Print E-mail

Istanbul, Turkey, February 5, 2016.

240 Trainers came together today at Burhan Felek Volleyball Hall, Istanbul to attend the ‘’Volleyball Warm-up and Injury Prevention, Strength and Endurance Development’’ seminar by Turkey Men’s National Volleyball Team and Vakıfbank Women’s Volleyball Team fitness trainer Giovanni Miale.


After the speech of Turkish VF President Özkan Mutlugil, participants received their certificates.


Maritza extends winning streak, takes over top of table PDF Print E-mail


Plovdiv, Bulgaria, February 4, 2016.  The reigning women’s champion of Bulgaria, Maritza Plovdiv, extended its winning streak in the National Volleyball League Demax+ to nine victories in a row, which finally allowed the team to regain control of the top spot in the current standings.


In a postponed game from the tenth leg of the home-and-away season, the club that has a 2015 golden treble to defend, mastered a 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-17) victory at Burgas 2007, which finally propelled Maritza back up into the first place in the table, lost to Levski Sofia after the second leg when the Plovdiv squad conceded its only defeat so far.

In fact, coach Ivan Petkov’s team has lost only four sets since the start of the NVL season, all of them to Levski, but after taking revenge from this opponent with a 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 25-17, 25-14) away win in Sofia last week the Yellows practically cleared the way towards taking pole position before the playoffs.

“Congratulations to my players for the results achieved so far,” said Ivan Petkov, who is quite likely to be appointed national team coach of Bulgaria next week.  “But of course, there is always room for improvement in our game, so we have a lot of hard work ahead of us.  We have five more games to play and win before the elimination rounds and we are waiting for the playoffs.”

During the winter break the team of Maritza spent 13 days in Bursa for a training camp and six friendly matches against strong sides from Turkey’s top divisions, which they finished with a record of two wins, one tie and three losses.  In Turkey the team was rejoined by Silvana Chausheva, a young Bulgarian international, who made a major contribution to winning the national title and the national cup last season.  Chausheva brings home some CEV Champions League experience after spending half a season with Romania’s champion CS Volei Alba Blaj and gives coach Petkov one more option for the position of opposite on the team.  This, in fact, was the only change to Maritza’s squad during the winter transfer period.

Through March 4, when the regular season ends, Maritza has to play away at Spartak Varna, Rakovski Dimitrovgrad and Slaviya Sofia and at home against CSKA Sofia and Kazanlak Volley.  The team from Plovdiv has already defeated each of these opponents in straight sets once this season and is the pre-favorite in each of these fixtures, but the three points are a must-win in each match for Maritza, since Levski is trailing only a point behind in the standings.

Montenegro launches mini-volley competition PDF Print E-mail

Podgorica, Montenegro, February 3, 2016 - The Volleyball Federation of Montenegro has discussed the organisation of a mini-volley competition with representatives of the country's clubs. 
The meeting was attended on behalf of the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro by President Cvetko Pajkovic, Secretary General Ivan Boskovic and Director of Competitions Milos Jovanovic.

"As we announced at the end of last year, the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro is starting a project of mini-volley for kids aged 9 to 12. All the expenses will be covered by the federation and we are expecting about 30 teams of girls and boys.

"The main idea of  the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro Presidency is to organise this competition with the aim that children get socialized and get to like volleyball as a sport they practise, but also to recognize themselves through the logo of the competition," said President Cvetko Pajkovic.

A competition system and the technical details of the competition were also discussed.

The Volleyball Federation of Montenegro will provide a special ball for the mini-volley competitions, which will be used for the matches.

The competition will take place for boys born in 2003/2004, while girls born in 2003/2004 and 2005/2006 will participate.

Twenty-eight teams have applied to participate in the competition. The deadline to sign up is on Friday, February 5.

The competition will begin on Sunday, February 14 and will take place at the Slobodan Škerovi high school.

One Day More for Volleyball PDF Print E-mail

Luxembourg, January 29, 2016. To mark one month to what promises to be another milestone in the history of European Volleyball, the CEV are now disclosing more details about their #OneDayMore4Volleyball campaign which has been designed specifically to spread a real Volleyball fever across the whole of Europe. This goal will be achieved by bringing people together from all the different paths of life, professional and non-professional players, young and old, regardless of their technical skills and physical abilities, in a spirit of friendship and fair play. 

One Day More

2016 is a special year not only because of the Rio Olympics where once again the world’s sports family will come together and celebrate humanity, but also because of the bonus of one extra day to enjoy life and do the things we love the most. The 29th of February only comes once in four years and the CEV will be making the day really count this year by engaging as many people as possible in playing Volleyball all over Europe.

“We are truly hoping that with the help of our National Federations we can turn this day into a spectacular and unforgettable experience for everybody involved, making it yet another milestone in the promotion and development of our beloved sport,” CEV President Aleksandar Boričić said. 

On February 29, 2016 the CEV will be trying to set the record of most Volleyball matches played all over Europe in one day, thereby raising the awareness of the sport across all media channels while putting Volleyball in the spotlight as the first international sport to take up such a challenge. 

This action is meant to showcase Volleyball as a sport for absolutely everyone, regardless of their physical abilities, technical skills, age, familiarity with Volleyball, etc. “We would like to see school children, teenagers, students, people from different sectors of the economy, etc. interact with athletes from our Clubs, Regional Associations, National teams, etc., in what could turn out to be yet another milestone in the history of European Volleyball,” the CEV President added. 

The action consists in the organisation of one-set matches played up to 29 points across different cities and multiple venues in each country. The National Federations of Armenia and Northern Ireland, situated at the eastern and western end of the European spectrum respectively, have already confirmed that they will be hosting a number of such matches on February 29 and the CEV are currently gathering information and data from all other National Federations to have a first, rough estimate of the number of people that will be involved. 

“We look forward to joining forces with thousands of Volleyballers to make the 29th of February 2016 a truly remarkable day for the European Volleyball family,” Mr Boričić said.   

The event will feature extensively in all CEV social media channels (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) and fans are invited to use the official hashtag #OneDayMore4Volleyball to go along with their posts reporting on the organisation of their respective events and matches. 

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