Turkey’s Hande Baladin honoured with U23 World Championship MVP award

 

The 2017 Women’s U23 World Championship Dream Team: Sasa Planinsec (Slovenia), Eva Mori (Slovenia), Iza Mlakar (Slovenia), Beyza Arici (Turkey), Hande Baladin (Turkey), Zhana Todorova (Bulgaria) - missing Madeline Jazmin Guillen (Dominican Republic)

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 17, 2017 – Turkey’s Hande Baladin headlined the Dream Team for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship after guiding her team to glory here in Ljubljana.

Baladin was named the Most Valuable Player and one of the two Best Outside Hitters of the tournament. She totalled 91 points during the course of the seven matches to earn Turkey's first ever U23 World Championship gold medal in history.

2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship Dream Team

Most Valuable Player: Hande Baladin (Turkey)
Best Outside Hitters: Hande Baladin (Turkey), Madeline Jazmin Guillen (Dominican Republic)
Best Middle Blockers: Sasa Planinsec (Slovenia), Beyza Arici (Turkey)
Best Libero: Zhana Todorova (Bulgaria)
Best Setter: Eva Mori (Slovenia)
Best Opposite: Iza Mlakar (Slovenia)

“I am overwhelmed with joy, I can’t believe it,” said Baladin after the match. “I am proud of myself and proud of my team. It is the first time in my career I receive such an important award. During yesterday’s semifinal and today’s gold medal clash, I felt much pressure on my shoulders. However, I always gave my best throughout the tournament. That’s what counts in the end.”


20-year-old Hande Baladin enjoys her moment of glory during the awarding ceremony here at Arena Stozice in Ljubljana

Along with Baladin, Turkey teammate Beyza Arici was selected as one of the two Best Middle Blockers. Silver medallists Slovenia were represented by Eva Mori as Best Setter, Iza Mlakar as Best Opposite and Sasa Planinsec as one of the two Best Middle Blockers. Bulgaria, the bronze medallists, had Zhana Todorova as Best Libero. Madeline Jazmin Guillen of the Dominican Republic was awarded one of the two Best Outside Hitters.

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FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017
FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017 - Schedule
FIVB Volleyball Women's U23 World Championship 2017 - Teams
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