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11/07/2015 21:51
Former Y. R. of Macedonia put up good fight, Estonia celebrate second home win
2015 CEV Volleyball European League - Men

Pärnu, Estonia, July 11, 2015. Unlike Friday’s game, the second matchup starring Estonia and the Former Y. R. of Macedonia in Pool A of the 2015 CEV Volleyball European League – Men was a close one all the way. In the end Estonia edged past in four sets (25-21, 25-21, 27-29, 25-21) to record their second consecutive victory in the competition.

The mentor of the home side Gheorghe Cretu made three changes in the starting line-up. Friday’s best scorer Oliver Venno was replaced with Renee Teppan. Middle blocker Timo Tammemaa started for Andri Aganits and there was also change in the outside spiker position where Martti Juhkami replaced Robert Täht.

Everything showed that today’s game could also end in three sets when Estonia was leading comfortably with six to seven points but the Former Y. R. of Macedonia found its way back into the game and eventually claimed the third stanza on their fifth set ball at 29-27. In the third set there was a huge difference between the two teams’ positive reception: the visitors’ percentage stood at an impressive 70%, while Estonia’s one had dramatically dropped down to 38%.

“I want to congratulate Estonia on their victory, in my eyes they were the favourites of these two matches. About today’s game – I am very happy with how our team played in the third set. Everyone thought that the game was over but they showed character and we managed to win the set,” said the coach of the Former Y.R. of Macedonia, Zarko Ristoski.

After losing the third set, Estonia regrouped and quite comfortably cashed the fourth one 25-21. “I am satisfied with the result and it was nice to see how we could shift the game in the fourth set,” Estonia’s mentor Gheorghe Cretu said.

Best scorer of the game was the Former Y. R. of Macedonia’s opposite Jovica Simovski with 24 points. Renee Teppan topped the charts for the home side with 18, as Ardo Kreek and Martti Juhkami added 15 apiece.

Next for Estonia is Poland, whom they will meet on July 17 and 18 in Pärnu. The Former Y. R. of Macedonia, on the other hand, will be playing Israel in the next round of the competition.

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