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CEV European Championship - Russia triumph in Copenhagen

Lorenzo Gahol 30 Sep 2013
Russians celebrate their first EuroVolley crown in 22 years. (credit:CEV)

Russia added a glittering gold medal in its treasure chest after defeating Italy in the final of the CEV European Volleyball Championship at the Parken Stadium yesterday.

Led by scoring machine Nikolay Pavlov and tournament MVP Dmitriy Muserskiy, the Russians beat the Italians 25-20 25-22 21-25 25-17 to follow up their conquests of the 2012 London Olympics and this year's FIVB World League.

This is Russia's 13th EuroVolley title and first since 1991. What makes this crown more special is it is the giant nation's first ever European title since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

As a prize for their victory, Russia will represent Europe in the FIVB Grand Champions Cup to be held later this year in Japan.

It was a heartbreaking loss for the Italians, who finished runner-up in this event for the second-straight time.

2011 champion Serbia, meanwhile, settled for the bronze medal after sweeping Bulgaria 25–22 32–30 27–25 in the third-place playoff.

Serbian star Aleksandar Atanasijevic was named Best Scorer of the tournament while Srecko Lisinac bagged the Best Blocker award. Another Serbian, Nikola Jovovic, won the Fair Play award.

Italian Luca Vettori was named Best Spiker while compatriot Ivan Zaytsev was the Best Server. The Best Receiver prize went to Bulgarian Todor Aleksiev while Russian Alexey Verbov was named Best Libero.


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