Euro Volley: Some stats before finals

On Saturday and Sunday Top 4 teams of Euro Volley will play in Copenhagen, Denmark. How played each from these teams? Which players were the best? Who committed the most errors? Find out now!

Ranking for lower ranked teams:
5. France
6. Germany
7. Belgium
8. Finland
9. Poland
10. Netherlands
11. Slovakia
12. Denmark
13. Slovenia
14. Turkey
15. Belarus
16. Czech Republic

INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS RANKINGS:

Best Scorers:
1. Tsvetan Sokolov (Bulgaria) 131
2. Ivan Zaytsev (Italy) 88
3. Aleksandar Atanasijevic (Serbia) 81
4. Nikolay Pavlov (Russia) 75
5. Dimitriy Muserskiy (Russia) 74

Best Scorers/Set:
1. Tsvetan Sokolov (Bulgaria) 5.95
2. Nikolay Pavlov (Russia) 4.41
3. Ivan Zaytsev (Italy) 4.4
4. Dimitriy Muserskiy (Russia) 4.35
5. Aleksandar Atanasijevic (Serbia) 4.26

Best Scorers (Scores-Errors):
1. Tsvetan Sokolov (Bulgaria) 86
2. Nikolay Pavlov (Russia) 64
3. Dimitriy Muserskiy (Russia) 59
4. Ivan Zaytsev (Italy) 49
5. Thomas Beretta (Italy) 43

Best Servers/Set:
1. Dimitriy Muserskiy (Russia) 0.94
2. Nikolay Pavlov (Russia) 0.53
2. Evgeny Sivozhelez (Russia) 0.53
4. Nikola Kovacevic (Serbia) 0.47
5. Aleksandar Atanasijevic (Serbia) 0.42

Best Blockers/Set:
1. Dimitriy Muserskiy (Russia) 0.94
2. Thomas Beretta (Italy) 0.75
3. Viktor Yosifov (Bulgaria) 0.73
4. Marko Podrascanin (Serbia) 0.68
5. Ivan Zaytsev (Italy) 0.55
5. Emmanuele Birarelli (Italy) 0.55

Best Receivers (Positive %, min. 25% of all team’s receptions):
1. Evgeny Sivozhelez (Russia) 76
2. Alexey Verbov (Russia) 75.7
3. Simone Parodi (Italy) 72.3
4. Milos Nikic (Serbia) 70.4
5. Todor Skrimov (Bulgaria) 68.5

Best Spikers (Spike %, min. 15% of all team’s spikes), next to percent number of Attempts; Attempts/Set:
1. Dimitriy Muserskiy 64.6 (65; 3.82/Set)
2. Nikola Kovacevic 59.7 (67; 3.53/Set)
3. Aleksandar Atanasijevic 55.6 (126; 6.63/Set)
4. Tsvetan Sokolov 53.4 (206; 9.36/Set)
5. Nikolay Pavlov 52.2 (115; 6.76/Set)

The Most Serve Errors Per Set:
1. Aleksandar Atanasijevic (Serbia) 1.79
2. Tsvetan Sokolov (Bulgaria) 1.23
3. Nikolay Apalikov (Russia) 0.88
4. Viktor Yosifov (Bulgaria) 0.77
5. Ivan Zaytsev (Italy) 0.75
5. Simone Parodi (Italy) 0.75

The Most Reception Errors Per Set:
1. Ivan Zaytsev (Italy) 0.55
2. Teodor Salparov (Bulgaria) 0.5
3. Alexey Spiridonov (Russia) 0.47
4. Jiri Kovar (Italy) 0.4
5. Todor Aleksiev (Bulgaria) 0.36

The Most Spike Errors Per Set:
1. Aleksandar Atanasijevic (Serbia) 0.84
2. Tsvetan Sokolov (Bulgaria) 0.82
3. Alexey Spiridonov (Russia) 0.71
4. Ivan Zaytsev (Italy) 0.65
5. Evgeny Sivozhelez (Russia) 0.53

The Most Errors Per Set:
1. Aleksandar Atanasijevic (Serbia) 2.63
2. Tsvetan Sokolov (Bulgaria) 2.05
3. Ivan Zaytsev (Italy) 1.95
4. Alexey Spiridonov (Russia) 1.76
5. Evgeny Sivozhelez (Russia) 1.29

Summary of each team throughout competition:

ITALY
Previous matches:
Group Stage: Denmark (3-0), Belarus (3-1), Belgium (2-3)
Play-Off: Netherlands (3-1)
Quarterfinal: Finland (3-1)
Leading Players: Outside Hitter/Opposite Ivan Zaytsev (88 points; 51,1% spike; 54,8% positive reception), Opposite Luca Vettori (61 points; 52% spike), Middle Blocker Thomas Beretta (47 points; 60% spike; 0,75 blocks/set)
Team Stats: Reception Positive: 64,4%; Spike: 53%; Errors/Set: 6,95

 SERBIA
Previous matches:
Group Stage: Slovenia (1-3), Netherlands (3-2), Finland (3-0)
Play-Off: Denmark (3-0)
Quarterfinal: Belgium (3-1)
Leading Players: Opposite Aleksandar Atanasijevic (81 points; 55,6% spike), Outside Hitter Nikola Kovacevic (50 points; 59,7% spike; 49,4% positive reception), Outside Hitter Milos Nikic (36 points; 39,5% spike; 70,4% positive reception)
Team Stats: Reception Positive: 58,6%; Spike: 54,6%; Errors/Set: 7,47

BULGARIA
Previous matches:
Group Stage: Czech Republic (3-1), Germany (2-3), Russia (1-3)
Play-Off: Poland (3-2)
Quarterfinal: Germany (3-1)
Leading Players: Opposite Tsvetan Sokolov (131 points; 53,4% spike), Outside Hitter Todor Aleksiev (65 points; 44,4% spike; 53,1% positive reception), Middle Blocker Viktor Yosifov (47 points; 39,5% spike; 0,73 blocks/set)
Team Stats: Reception Positive: 59,7%; Spike: 50,1%; Errors/Set: 7,09

RUSSIA
Previous matches:
Group Stage: Germany (0-3), Czech Republic (3-0), Bulgaraia (3-1)
Play-Off: Slovakia (3-0)
Quarterfinal: France (3-1)
Leading Players: Opposite Nikolay Pavlov (75 points; 52,2% spike), Middle Blocker Dimitriy Muserskiy (74 points; 64,6% spike; 0,94 blocks/set), Outside Hitter Alexey Spiridonov (39 points; 37,6% spike; 56,7% positive reception)
Team Stats: Reception Positive: 64,8%; Spike: 47,8%; Errors/Set: 6,59

Comparing these stats it’s a bit surprising that Russia is the best receiving and the worst spiking team, but “Sborna” compensates it by strong, tough to receive serves and high aggresive block. It should be enough to beat Serbia. Second match should be more exciting, because both teams are quite equal. Bulgarian weakness is their reception, if “Azzuri” use it, they can win this battle, but they shouldn’t forget about Sokolov. Stopping this player will be a key here. Russia is for me first candidate to final, the second one is for me mystery, I won’t be disappointed, no matter who becomes second finalist.

CEV probably will use old award ceremony system (rankings for these awards are above). Choosing best line-up and most valuable player, contenders for these nominations are:
MVP: Tsvetan Sokolov/Ivan Zaytsev/Nikolay Pavlov/Dimitriy Muserskiy/Aleksandar Atanasijevic (depends on winner, though no matter who wins, the strongest candidate is Sokolov, who’s leading player here)
Best Opposite: Tsvetan Sokolov/Luca Vettori/Aleksandar Atanasijevic/Nikolay Pavlov (I’d choose Sokolov, he has still high spike efficiency despite high amount of attempts, definitely main contender)
Best Outside Hitters: Ivan Zaytsev/Nikola Kovacevic/Todor Skrimov/Todor Aleksiev/Alexey Spiridonov/Evgeny Sivozhelez (I’d choose Zaytsev and Sivozhelez)
Best Middle Blockers: Dimitriy Muserskiy/Thomas Beretta/Viktor Yosifov/Marko Podrascanin (Muserskiy is definitely the best, as second I’d choose Beretta)
Best Setter: Sergey Grankin/Georgi Bratoev/Nikoa Jovovic/Dragan Travica (I’d choose Grankin)
Best Libero: Teodor Salparov/Salvatore Rossini/Alexey Verbov/Nikola Rosic (I’d choose Verbov)

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