2020 CEV Youth Championship

  • The ranking of U16 championship for this generation was as following:


    1 Teams_WebLogo_110_32_2.aspx?ID=11071TURKEY -1
    2 Teams_WebLogo_110_32_2.aspx?ID=11054ITALY -2
    3 Teams_WebLogo_110_32_2.aspx?ID=11074RUSSIA +2
    4 Teams_WebLogo_110_32_2.aspx?ID=11062SLOVENIA -3
    5 Teams_WebLogo_110_32_2.aspx?ID=11061THE NETHERLANDS did not attend
    6 Teams_WebLogo_110_32_2.aspx?ID=11064SERBIA +3
    7 Teams_WebLogo_110_32_2.aspx?ID=11048GERMANY did not attend
    8 Teams_WebLogo_110_32_2.aspx?ID=11052FRANCE did not attend

    Based on this ranking, from top4, Serbia drastically improved whereas Slovenia's level dropped.

    The dream team of that tournament was this (with too many slovenian players):

    Outside Hitter: Arina Fedorovtseva (RUS)

    Outside Hitter: Naja Salamun (SLO)

    Middle Blocker: Natalia Suvorova (RUS)

    Middle Blocker: Neja Cizman (SLO)

    Setter: Özge Arslanalp (TUR)

    Opposite: Taja Gradisnik Klanjscek (SLO)

    Libero: Benedetta Salviato (ITA)

    MVP: Özge Arslanalp (TUR)

    Fair Play: Greta Catania (ITA)


    This is the current dream team:

    Outside hitters: Arina Fedorovtseva (Russia) and Melisa Ege Bükmen (Turkey)

    Opposite hitter: Pelin Eroktay (Turkey)

    Middle blockers: Natalia Suvorova (Russia) and Hena Kurtagic (Serbia)

    Setter: Özge Arslanalp (Turkey)

    Libero: Emma Barbero (Italy)

    MVP: Arina Fedorovtseva (Russia)


    This Turkish generation looks to be very successful but I am not sure if we will have anyone from these girls to senior NT except Dalia and maybe Melisa. Setter Özge has a great technique for her age and she is very creative as well. However, her length will be a problem during her transition to high level of volleyball. On the other hand, I don't see anything special in Pelin Eroktay, she is just tall. She has a very slow arm swing, making it easy to block. She seems to better than her pairs thanks to her height but I don't think she will even reach to the level of Polen. I am really surprised why Beren Yeşilırmak didn't play instead of her. To me Beren is definitely better player although she is one year younger than Pelin. For outsides, Özlem Şahin is mediocre, she doesn't have a good reception but she is not a great attacker neither. I think Aleyna Göçmen is the talented one but again another disputable decision from the coach. Melisa Bükmen, improved a lot in a year (she was the bench player last year) but she become the leader of this team. She is very explosive, reminding me Hande Baladin. If she can improve her reception, she is the one who has the biggest chance to make it senior NT. Our MBs are promising indeed. Dalia is already pretty strong with her slide attacks and nice block anticipation. Deniz Zengin has good block, but needs to improve her attack approach. It is hard to comment on the libero, she is definitely the weakest link in this team. I hope they can find a better libero for U19 championship.

  • Just watched Italy x Russia semifinal and 2 sets of Turkey x Russia finals. I think this is the first to see a Russian team celebrating a point with too many high-pitched screams. Rather strange and funny. :lol:

  • Just watched Italy x Russia semifinal and 2 sets of Turkey x Russia finals. I think this is the first to see a Russian team celebrating a point with too many high-pitched screams. Rather strange and funny. :lol:

    I think Fedorovtseva has the typical Russian demeaanor, she seems pretty silent and I only saw her celebrate during match point lol