Serbia beat Romania in the Women's European Volleyball Championship round of 16 ©Getty Images

Defending champions Serbia comfortably beat Romania to reach the quarter-finals of the Women's European Volleyball Championship.

They recorded their sixth victory at the Ankara Arena, defeating Romania 25-20, 25-17, 25-23 in the round of 16. 

The win saw them set up a quarter-final clash with Bulgaria at the same venue.

Bulgaria had beaten Azerbaijan 25-12, 25-16, 25-23. 

Italy took on Slovakia at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, triumphing 25-20, 25-23, 25-20, before Russia battled against Belgium to win 25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22.

The two winners will now meet in the quarter-finals. 

Turkey are scheduled to face The Netherlands after edging past Croatia 26-24, 18-25, 31-33, 25-22, 16-14 in Ankara, with the Dutch side defeating Greece 25-21, 25-23, 25-12 at the Budapest Sports Arena.

Germany then defeated Slovenia 25-21, 25-15, 25-20 at the Atlas Arena in Łódź, setting up a tie with Poland, who overcame Spain 25-20, 25-20, 25-19.

The quarter-finals are due to take place on Wednesday (September 4) after a short break in competition.