The Gloria Sports Arena will also host basketball and athletics tournaments in September ©GSA

Serbia have been crowned as Gloria Cup volleyball champions after topping the four-team group in Antalya.

The Serbian squad opened their Gloria Cup account with a comfortable 3-0 triumph against Italy on Thursday (August 15), before seeing off Croatia 3-1 in their second pool match.

In a winner-takes-all final group game at the Gloria Sports Arena, it was Serbia that edged out hosts Turkey to clinch the trophy.

Turkey had also triumphed against Croatia and Italy – 3-1 and 3-0 respectively – but couldn’t see off the Serbian threat and succumbed 3-2 to finish as runners-up.

Antalya Governor Münir Karaloğlu presented the championship award to the Serbia team as captain Maja Ognjenović was judged the most valuable player (MVP).

Ognjenović received her MVP award from Turkey Volleyball Federation board member Kurtaran Mumcu.

Serbian players celebrate their Gloria Cup triumph in Antalya ©GSA
Serbian players celebrate their Gloria Cup triumph in Antalya ©GSA 

Turkey received their second-place plaque from Antalya Provincial sports director Dr Burhanettin Hacıcaferoğlu.

In the group’s only other match, Croatia saw off Italy 3-0 to seal third position in Antalya.

Abdi Serdar Üstünsalih, the general manager of Vakıfbank and President of Vakıfbank Sports Club presented them with their plaque.

Italy trailed in fourth place with three losses but received a plaque for their participation from Özaltın Holding board member Melis Özaltın.

Between September 11 to 15, six teams from Turkey, Russia and Lithuania will contest the Gloria Cup basketball tournament.

Gloria Cup athletics, which will feature five men's and five women's events, will be held on September 16.