2017–18 CEV Women's Challenge Cup

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2017–18 CEV Women's Challenge Cup
LeagueCEV Women's Challenge Cup
SportVolleyball
Duration21 November 2017 – 11 April 2018
Number of teams37
Finals
ChampionsGreece Olympiacos (1st title)
  Runners-upTurkey Bursa BBSK
Finals MVPGreece Stella Christodoulou
CEV Women's Challenge Cup seasons

The 2017–18 CEV Women's Challenge Cup will be the 38th edition of the European Challenge Cup volleyball club tournament, the former "CEV Cup".

Format[edit]

The tournament is played on a knockout format, with 37 teams participating. Initially 10 teams play a qualification round with the 5 winners advancing to the main phase. On 14 June 2017, a drawing of lots in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, determined the team's pairing for each match. Each team plays a home and an away match with result points awarded for each leg (3 points for 3–0 or 3–1 wins, 2 points for 3–2 win, 1 point for 2–3 loss). After two legs, the team with the most result points advances to the next round. In case the teams are tied after two legs, a Golden Set is played immediately at the completion of the second leg. The Golden Set winner is the team that first obtains 15 points, provided that the points difference between the two teams is at least 2 points (thus, the Golden Set is similar to a tiebreak set in a normal match).[1][2]

Participating teams[edit]

Rank[4] Country No. teams Qualified teams
Vac Qual Total
1  Turkey 1 - 1 Bursa BBSK
2  Russia 1 - 1 Dinamo Krasnodar
4  Azerbaijan 1 - 1 Azerrail Baku
6   Switzerland 2 - 2 Viteos Neuchâtel Université
Sm'Aesch Pfeffingen
8  France 1 - 1 Nantes VB
9  Romania 2 - 2 CSM Târgoviște
Ştiinţa Bacău
10  Czech Republic 1 - 1 TJ Ostrava
11  Serbia 1 1 2 Tent Obrenovac
Železničar Lajkovac
12  Belgium 1 2 3 Hermes Oostende
Amigos-Van Pelt Zoersel1
Sharks Charleroi1
13  Finland 1 1 2 OrPo Orivesi
Pölkky Kuusamo1
16  Greece 1 - 1 Olympiacos Piraeus
19  Hungary 1 - 1 Vasas Óbuda Budapest
21  Austria 1 2 3 Askö Linz-Steg
UVC Holding Graz1
VB NÖ Sokol Schwechat1
22  Croatia 1 1 2 Mladost Zagreb
ŽOK Osijek1
23  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 - 1 ŽOK Gacko
24  Spain 1 2 3 CV Barcelona
CV Logroño1
Ibsa CV Las Palmas1
25  Norway 1 - 1 Randaberg IL
27  Luxembourg 1 - 1 RSR Walfer
28  Bulgaria 1 - 1 Levski Sofia
29  Slovakia 1 1 2 1. BVK Bratislava
Slávia EU Bratislava1
30  Kosovo 1 - 1 KV Kastrioti Ferizaji
31  Portugal 1 1 2 CK Ponta Delgada
AVC Famalicão1
36  Denmark 1 - 1 Holte IF
47  Liechtenstein 1 - 1 VBC Galina Schaan
1.^ Team entering at Qualification round.

Qualification round[edit]

  • 1st leg (Team #1 home) 21–23 November 2017
  • 2nd leg (Team #2 home) 28–30 November 2017
Match# Team #1   Results   Team #2
1 Slávia EU Bratislava Slovakia 1 – 3
0 – 3
Austria UVC Holding Graz
2 ŽOK Osijek Croatia 2 – 3
3 – 2
Golden Set: 16–14
Austria VB NÖ Sokol Schwechat
3 Pölkky Kuusamo Finland 1 – 3
0 – 3
Belgium Sharks Charleroi
4 AVC Famalicão Portugal 0 – 3
0 – 3
Spain CV Logroño
5 Ibsa CV Las Palmas Spain 3 – 2
3 – 1
Belgium Amigos-Van Pelt Zoersel

Main phase[edit]

16th Finals[edit]

  • 1st leg (Team #1 home) 12–14 December 2017
  • 2nd leg (Team #2 home) 9–11 January 2018
Match# Team #1   Results   Team #2
6 RSR Walfer Luxembourg 0 – 3
0 – 3
Turkey Bursa BBSK
7 Sharks Charleroi Belgium 3 – 0
3 – 2
Spain CV Barcelona
8 CK Ponta Delgada Portugal 1 – 3
2 – 3
Belgium Hermes Oostende
9 Železničar Lajkovac Serbia 3 – 1
0 – 3
Golden Set: 13–15
Serbia Tent Obrenovac
10 Randaberg IL Norway 0 – 3
0 – 3
France Nantes VB
11 VBC Galina Schaan Liechtenstein 1 – 3
2 – 3
Hungary Vasas Óbuda Budapest
12 Ibsa CV Las Palmas Spain 3 – 1
3 – 2
Austria Askö Linz-Steg
13 Holte IF Denmark 0 – 3
1 – 3
Switzerland Viteos Neuchâtel Université
14 Ştiinţa Bacău Romania 3 – 1
0 – 3
Golden Set: 15–13
Azerbaijan Azerrail Baku
15 Sm'Aesch Pfeffingen Switzerland 1 – 3
3 – 0
Golden Set: 15–10
Croatia Mladost Zagreb
16 CV Logroño Spain 2 – 3
0 – 3
Greece Olympiacos Piraeus
17 Levski Sofia Bulgaria 1 – 3
0 – 3
Romania CSM Târgoviște
18 ŽOK Osijek Croatia 0 – 3
0 – 3
Czech Republic TJ Ostrava
19 KV Kastrioti Ferizaji Kosovo 0 – 3
0 – 3
Finland OrPo Orivesi
20 1. BVK Bratislava Slovakia 3 – 0
3 – 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina ŽOK Gacko
21 UVC Holding Graz Austria 2 – 3
0 – 3
Russia Dinamo Krasnodar

8th Finals[edit]

  • 1st leg (Team #1 home) 23–25 January 2018
  • 2nd leg (Team #2 home) 6–8 February 2018
Match# Team #1   Results   Team #2
22 Sharks Charleroi Belgium 0 – 3
0 – 3
Turkey Bursa BBSK
23 Hermes Oostende Belgium 3 – 0
0 – 3
Golden Set: 15–13
Serbia Tent Obrenovac
24 Vasas Óbuda Budapest Hungary 2 – 3
0 – 3
France Nantes VB
25 Ibsa CV Las Palmas Spain 3 – 0
1 – 3
Golden Set: 10–15
Switzerland Viteos Neuchâtel Université
26 Sm'Aesch Pfeffingen Switzerland 2 – 3
3 – 1
Romania Ştiinţa Bacău
27 Olympiacos Piraeus Greece 2 – 3
3 – 1
Romania CSM Târgoviște
28 OrPo Orivesi Finland 0 – 3
1 – 3
Czech Republic TJ Ostrava
29 Dinamo Krasnodar Russia 3 – 0
3 – 1
Slovakia 1. BVK Bratislava

4th Finals[edit]

  • 1st leg (Team #1 home) 20–22 February 2018
  • 2nd leg (Team #2 home) 27 February – 1 March 2018
Match# Team #1   Results   Team #2
30 Hermes Oostende Belgium 0 – 3
0 – 3
Turkey Bursa BBSK
31 Viteos Neuchâtel Université Switzerland 0 – 3
1 – 3
France Nantes VB
32 Sm'Aesch Pfeffingen Switzerland 1 – 3
0 – 3
Greece Olympiacos Piraeus
33 TJ Ostrava Czech Republic 1 – 3
2 – 3
Russia Dinamo Krasnodar

Final phase[edit]

Semifinals[edit]

  • 1st leg (Team #1 home) 14 March 2018
  • 2nd leg (Team #2 home) 21 March 2018
Match# Team #1   Results   Team #2
34 Bursa BBSK Turkey 3 – 0
3 – 0
France Nantes VB
35 Olympiacos Piraeus Greece 3 – 2
3 – 0
Russia Dinamo Krasnodar

Finals[edit]

  • 1st leg (Team #1 home) 4 April 2018
  • 2nd leg (Team #2 home) 11 April 2018
Match# Team #1   Results   Team #2
36 Olympiacos Piraeus Greece 2 – 3
3 – 1
Turkey Bursa BBSK

Final standing[edit]

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
MVP Greece Stella Christodoulou Olympiacos Piraeus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup - Women - Format". CEV. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  2. ^ "CEV volleyball competitions regulations" (PDF). CEV. 18 August 2017. pp. 13 (section 14.2 'Competition method'). Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Entries confirmed for 2018 CEV Cup and Challenge Cup". CEV. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  4. ^ "2018 CEV European Cup Ranking list women" (PDF). CEV. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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