2018 Women’s #EuroLeague: Bulgaria & Hungary Clinch Challenger Cup Berths

  0 Derek Johnson | June 14th, 2018 | European volleyball, International Volleyball, News



In the 15th edition of the Women’s European Volleyball League, the tournament is split into two divisions: a 12-team Golden League and an eight-team Silver League. All teams are split into four-team pools for their division. In the Golden League, all three pool winner plus Hungary (or the team in second if they win their pool), the Final Round host, advance. In the Silver League, the winner of each pool, the next best team and host-Sweden will advance to the last four.

Overall, this event acts as a qualifier for two teams to the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Challenger Cup, which provides an opportunity to make the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nations League.


Golden League:

  • Budapest, Hungary | Laszlo Papp Budapest Sports Arena

The two winners of the semifinal matches not only secured a top two finish but also locked in a bid to the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Challenger Cup – which provides a chance at making the 2019 Volleyball Nations League.


  • Bulgaria def. Finland 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-14)
  • Bulgaria moves on to the Finals at 6-1; Finland heads to the 3rd-place match at 4-3

Bulgaria was the stronger team in pool play among these two, and carried that into the Final Four with a quick sweep of the Finnish side by a total of 75-48. Beyond sending Bulgaria to the Gold Medal match, they got the most important part of the tournament done as they have now clinched a spot in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Challenger Cup that takes place in a week.

Neither team found much success with aces or failure with serve errors, as instead the match was determined with the Bulgarian block (11-4) and spike (46-27). Not to mention that Bulgaria had a 52% execution rate to 27% from Finland – which ties back in to the block effecting the offense.

Individually, Bulgaria saw six players score with all at six or more points. That was led by Silvana Chausheva (14 points), Gergana Dimitrova (13 points) and Nasya Dimitrova (13 points). For Finland, Pauliina Vilponen (10 points) led the way and will look to continue her play in the bronze medal match tomorrow.


  • Hungary def. Czech Republic 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-19)
  • Hungary moves on to the Finals at 5-2; Czech Republic heads to the 3rd-place match at 6-1

In the second semifinal on the day, Hungary upended Czech Republic in front of their home crowd – which may have been a huge difference. The win locks in Hungary to a spot in the 2018 FIVB Women’s Challenger Cup, while the first loss of the tournament coming at a tough time pushes the Czech side to the third-place match tomorrow.

Hungary was the aggressor in the serving game, and although the aces and serve errors combined favored the Czech side, the pressure kept the losing side out of system more often. That contributed to a 44-36 edge in kills to favor the home crowd who also had the better block (10-7).

Helping to carry the team in that regard were Greete Greeting (21 points) and Renata Sandor (18 points), who amazingly combined for 34 kills whereas Czech Republic had just 34. In fact, no player on the Czech side eclipsed a dozen points as the duel threat was enough for Hungary to advance on.



Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
14 Jun 17:00 Bulgaria  3–0  Finland 25–21 25–13 25–14 75–48 Report
14 Jun 20:00 Hungary  3–0  Czech Republic 25–21 25–19 25–19 75–59 Report

3rd place match

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
15 Jun 17:00 Finland   Czech Republic 0–0 Report


Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
15 Jun 20:00 Bulgaria   Hungary 0–0 Report

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