Turkey, Spain, Estonia Finalize Field for 2017 Men’s Euros

  0 Braden Keith | October 11th, 2016 | International Volleyball, News

2017 European Men’s Indoor Championships – 3rd Round Qualifying

  • October 1st-9th, 2016
  • Various sites (home and home, head-to-head)
  • Winners of each head-to-head pairing, on balance of sets won, advance to 2017 European Championships

The final round of qualification for the 2017 European Championships saw 6 teams halved into 3, with a trio of home-and-away pairings using aggregate sets to determine who would advance to next year’s tournament in Poland.

Scoring of the home-and-away pairings

  • Match won 3–0 or 3–1: 3 match points for the winner, 0 match points for the loser
  • Match won 3–2: 2 match points for the winner, 1 match point for the loser

Pairing 1 – Turkey def. Portugal 5-1

After taking a 3-0 lead at home in the first leg of the match, behind 16 kills from Metin Toy to go with 3 aces and a block, Turkey entered last weekend needing to just take a single set against the Portuguese to secure their advancement forward.

The Turks got that right off-the-bat, eventually pulling away in a back-and-forth first to win 25-21.

From there, the Turks got a few new faces into the match and gave two sets back to Portugal before coming back and winning the 4th-and-5th set to punctuate their advancement

Pairing 2 – Spain def. Greece 4-2

This second pairing went much the way of the first, with Spain putting a 3-0 sweep on the Greeks at home and then doing just enough in a 3-2 ;pss on the second leg in Greece to secure their trip to the finals. In both matches, Greece was led by 19 kills from Andres Villena.

This secures qualification for the 2007 European Champions who were unfortunate victims of a tough second-qualifying-round draw against Germany.

Pairing 3 – Estonia def. Latvia 5-1

In a battle of the Baltics, Northern European neighbors Estonia and Latvia was the most hotly-conested of the pairings. Estonia beat Latvia 3-2 on the away leg, leaving a dicey scenario on the return trip home. Ultimately, though, the result was the same – just in the opposite order – as the other two pairings, where Estonia had a 3-0 sweep at home to seal up a 5-1 victory.

Full Results

Third round

The 2nd placed teams of the second round will play one home and one away match to determine the 3 winners who will then subsequently be qualified through to the 2017 Championship. The third round matches will be held on 1–9 October 2016.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Turkey  5–1  Portugal 3–0 3–2
Spain  4–2  Greece 3–0 2–3
Latvia  1–5  Estonia 2–3 0–3

First leg[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
1 Oct 17:00 Latvia  2–3  Estonia 17–25 25–16 19–25 25–22 12–15 98–103 Report
1 Oct 21:00 Spain  3–0  Greece 25–16 25–21 25–17 75–54 Report
2 Oct 16:00 Turkey  3–0  Portugal 28–26 25–14 25–22 78–62 Report

Second leg[edit]

Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
8 Oct 19:00 Greece  3–2  Spain 20–25 25–22 25–14 26–28 17–15 113–104 Report
9 Oct 17:00 Estonia  3–0  Latvia 25–20 25–19 25–16 75–55 Report
9 Oct 18:00 Portugal  2–3  Turkey 21–25 25–18 25–19 20–25 12–15 103–102 Report

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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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