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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Cyprus Dominates Women's Volleyball

NICOSIA, 6 June 2009 - The Cyprus women’s national volleyball team is celebrating their 7th gold medal in the history of the Games of the Small States of Europe. After 1989 in Cyprus, 1991 in Andorra, 1995 in Luxemburg, 1997 in Iceland, 2003 in Malta and 2007 in Monaco, Nikos Ioannou’s girls took first place again, in the XIII GSSE.

Cyprus was the better team and they proved so in the final game, against Iceland. The hosts needed nothing but a win to take gold and they succeeded. Cyprus played seriously against a strong opponent, won the match 3-1 set and cheered their first place medal.

The game was thrilling but at the end the team with the best quality prevailed. Cyprus coach Nikos Ioannou, following the game, said he was pleased for the gold medal and thanked his players for the achievement.

Top player for Cyprus was Nina Chuda (23 points), while Charalambous, Michael, Rialla and Aristidou has a solid appearance.

Sets: 25-17, 27-25, 22-25, 25-22.

Cyprus: Michael (9), Charalambous (15), Chuda (23), Faouta (4), Milanovic (7), Timochova (4), Aristidou (libero), Pavlou (6), Riala (5).
Iceland: I. Gunnarsdottir (9), Sigurdardottir (12), Vigfusdottir (17), Apostolova (14), Filipova (12), Bjorgolfsdottir (libero), Thorhallsdottir (4), Hallsdottir (2), Α. Gunnarsdottir.

Iceland had to settle for the bronze medal, while San Marino took silver, after beating Luxemburg 3-1 set earlier on Saturday.

The final standings of the women’s tournament of volleyball:  

1.  Cyprus, 12-3 sets, 8 pts
2. San Marino, 10-4, 7
3. Iceland, 7-7, 6
4. Liechtenstein, 4-11, 5
5. Luxemburg, 4-12, 4

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