Atatürk’s daughters made history:
And a masterpiece with Daniele Santarelli, Türkiye is the European champion
Vita gazette- Türkiye beats Serbia (15-13) and takes the gold medal. It’s a masterpiece with Daniele Santarelli. Türkiye is the best national team in the world…
Türkiye has won the 2023 Women’s European Championships after beating the Serbia of Giovanni Guidetti and a stellar Tijana Boskovic in the tie-break (15-13), with the Serbian opposite signing 37 points. First, the gold at the Volleyball Nations League 2023 and now this European title, the first in the history of Türkiye, arrived after three consecutive medals (one silver, two bronzes).
Forty-one points from Melissa Vargas, absolute MVP, but great performances from Eda Erdem Dundar and Zehra Gunes. If Vargas is the indisputable MVP of the continental tournament, capable of closing today with 38% offensive efficiency, the two Turkish power plants were also decisive in the final. The eternal Eda Erdem Dundar closed with 56% in attack and five blocks-point, while Zehra Gunes was perfect in the choices of the 1st half (11/11) and stood out when blocking (4). The contribution of Ebrar Karakurt was also fundamental, stopped at 15% of offensive efficiency, but the author of 4 aces and 56% of positive receptions, which was invaluable in the economy of the Turkish game.
Santarelli: After having swept the 2022 World Cup at the helm of Serbia, the Imoco Conegliano coach has achieved the 5th Scudetto in a row with the Panthers, won the 2023 VNL and now dominated these European Championships with a Vargas who is almost always unplayable for the others teams. The brilliant intuition of bringing three free throws, one of which, Ayca Aykac, permanently moved to the role of spiker to give further solidity to the second row as necessary, winning those of returning to Gizem Orge as a complimentary starter and moving Karakurt from the role of opposite starter to that of spiker-receiver, with enormous results also in the second-row performance of the former player from Novara. Santarelli is currently the most successful coach in world volleyball and the one capable of keeping up with the times, and the results are all on his side. A triumph of an Italian coach who thus partially alleviates the enormous disappointment for the outcome of Italvolley, a team in which the divisions between athletes and CT Mazzanti seem even more profound and could lead to new and sensational exclusions given the tournament pre-Olympic, which will begin on 16 September with the challenge against South Korea.
Finally, the Serbian power plants needed to be improved, with Maja Ognjenovic almost forced to overload Boskovic with lifts.
Serbia – Türkiye 2-3 (27-25; 21-25; 25-22; 22-25; 13-15)