USJ excelling at the Euro Milano 2016 University Tournament!
03 May 2016 – USJ basketball, volleyball and beach volleyball teams excelled in Italy at the Euro Milano 2016 University tournament! Both teams were able to get on the podium of this championship!
The men’s basketball team finished second in the tournament that included 8 teams from 8 different countries. The great Lithuanian team won the championship leaving Lebanon in second place, France in third, Italy in fourth, Croatia in fifth, Australia in sixth, UAE in seventh and finally Malta in eight place.
Despite the high level of the championship, USJ team showed how strong they are from the start of the tournament. They first defeated the French university of Marselia, before winning against the host University of Milano. They lost against Lithuania by only 2 points, to finish second in their group.
In the second round, our Lebanese team played against the third from the second group, the Australian Monarch Team and won in the last seconds of the game due to a smart strategy by the coach Tony KARA and his clever players. They then faced Italy in the semi-finals where they won again by 11 points of difference. Finally they lost to Lithuania again, this time in the finals by 8 points.
On the other hand, the men’s Beach volleyball tournament included 20 teams! The Lebanese team won 5 consecutive games before losing to the Italian champions in the semi-finals in 2-0. USJ team fought hard for the bronze medal and defeated the Bulgarian team, University of Sofia, in 2-0 to take third place!
The men’s volleyball team finished in fourth position after losing against Bulgaria in the semi-finals and against Italy for the third position game. The women’s team couldn’t make it to the semi-finals due to the high level of the competitors like Italy, Turkey, Belgium and Serbia, but it was surely a great experience for everyone who took part in this championship!
Congrats to the winners!