By winning the CEV Women’s Olympic Qualifier, Turkey will make its return to the Olympics after missing out in 2016. Overall, eight teams competed in two groups of four teams where the top two nations advanced to the semi-finals. Only the winner of the tournament qualified to the Olympics. The CEV Women’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Apeldoom, Netherlands from January 7th to January 12th 2020.
Poland went undefeated to win Pool A. Also advancing to the semi-finals was the Netherlands thanks to straight set victories between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria. The Netherlands were however, outmatched by Poland as the latter won in a 3-1 set fashion. Third place went to Bulgaria who defeated Azerbaijan 3-1 to notch their only victory.
The top spot of Pool B was secured by Germany who went undefeated with 3-1 victories over Turkey and Belgium and a 3-0 victory over Croatia. The second semi-final spot came down to the final match of the group between Belgium and Turkey. The latter won the first two sets, but Belgium would come back to force a fifth and deciding set. The set was won by Turkey 15-10 who advanced as the second place team.
Despite being swept in the semi-finals, the Netherlands kept things relatively close in each set, but could not find an answer to finish ahead of Germany. The other match saw Turkey defend five match points against Poland during the fourth set to force a fifth set in which they successfully won 15-11 to advance to the finals. Despite losing to them during the pool stage Turkey was able to defeat Germany 3-0 to obtain the Olympic quota.
This is Turkey’s second appearance in women’s indoor volleyball. They will be looking to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time.
Women’s Indoor Tournament