Ukrainian Women Use Efficient Offense To Grab European League Title

CEV European League Championships – Women

  • Ivano Frankivsk, Ukraine
  • July 9, 2017
  • Statistics

The Ukrainian women made quite an impact in their first foray into the CEV European League play, taking home the title with a four-set win over Finland on Sunday. Ukraine won the second leg of the finals with a 17-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-16 win, including a 45 percent kill efficiency.

Finland led for much of the second set, going on to an eight-point win at 25-17. Set 2 was a back and forth battle, but Ukraine took control late for a 25-23 victory. The Ukrainians led by as many as four in Set 3, only to see it evaporate into a two-point deficit at 23-21. The teams tied at 23 and 24 before Finland earned the first set-point chance at 24-23, but the Ukrainians scored four of the next five points to close out the set at 27-25. The Ukrainians cruised to a 25-16 win in the final stanza.

The Ukraine managed 57 kills and a 45-percent efficiency, while allowing 49 kills and keeping Finland to a 36-percent efficiency. Finland outserved the Ukrainians 11-9 in aces and each team put up seven blocks.

Anna Stepaniuk and Nadia Kodola tallied 19 points apiece to pace the Ukrainian attack. Stepaniuk tallied 17 kills, while Kodola added 15 kills, three aces and a block. Svitlana Dorsman chipped in 10 points, with four kills, three blocks and three aces.

Piia Korhonen managed a match-high 24 points, with 16 kills, four blocks and four aces, to pace Finland. Noora Kosonen added 11 points, with 10 kills and an ace.


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