The 2014 WEVZA Girls Tournament started in Swiss city of Schaffhausen. The eight participant teams debuted in the exciting competition that inaugurates the Girls events in the Zonal Association.
Tuesday represented the first day of competition for the first edition of WEVZA Girls Tournament. The spectacular BBC Arena in Schaffhausen acted as venue of the eight matches that put Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and Belgium in the lead of the tournament.
Italy vs Spain – 3:1 (25:19, 28:30, 25:23, 25:15)
The action started with the game between Italy and Spain. The azzurri squad soon took the lead of the match, imposing its offensive efficiency (25-19). However, Spain was able to react and forced the equalizer after a disputed second set (28-30). The third period was spectacular, full of sensational actions in both sides of the net. Only the powerful display of Italians allowed them to close the period 25-23. This partial victory affected Spain, as young Spaniards paid their inexperience and could not react after this tied end. Italy put the final 25-15 and closed the match 3:1.
Belgium vs Portugal – 3:0 (25:13, 25:16, 25:17)
Belgium certified its candidacy to rule Pool B, with a convincing victory over Portugal 3:0. The portuguese squad tried to put an end to the effective performance by young Belgian players but were unable to stop the outstanding demonstration by Belgium, as they put the 25-13, 25-16, 25-17 that finished the match in three sets.
Germany vs France – 3:0 (25:16, 25:17, 25:15)
In Pool A, Germany also started strong, with another impressive victory over France 3:0. German young players lead the match throughout all the periods and prevented France to offer possibilities to come back from behind. the 25-16, 25-17, 25-15 demonstrated the powerful performance by German side.
The Netherlands vs Switzerland- 3:0 (25:14, 25:22, 25:16)
The local side could not start with a victory its participation in the tournament. Switzerland lost 3:0 against The Netherlands in a match dominated by Dutch young players. The visiting side gave no options to its rivals and broke each set from the onset of the periods, achieving convincing partial victories 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 and the final 3:0.
The action will return on Wednesday with the clashes Germany-The Netherlands and France-Switzerland in Pool A and Portugal-Spain and Belgium-Italy in Pool B.
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