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29/06/2018 18:38
Slovakia getting closer to #EuroVolleyU19W Finals
2018 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women

Luxembourg, June 29, 2018. Slovakia are one step closer to qualifying for the 2018 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship - Women as they seized a very important victory in the second day of the qualification tournament being held in Samos (GRE). On Friday, the Slovak players survived a Volleyball thriller in Pool I, that lasted 119 min. and eventually emerged victorious at 3-2. In the other match of that Pool, Slovenia outclassed Greece, winning 3-0. In the first day of the tournament held in Ploiesti (ROU), Germany opened their campaign in Pool H with a 3-1 win vs. Romania, while Belarus grabbed the victory over Norway at 3-1 as well. Both pool winners and both second placed teams will qualify for the Final Round in Albania.

Pool I

The Netherlands vs. Slovakia 2-3 (22-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-13, 12-15)

•    Slovakia are the only team with two wins and are topping the table after two days of play in Pool I of Round 3 of the #EuroVolleyU19W qualifiers in Vathy, the capital of the island of Samos in the eastern Aegean (GRE).
•    However, the situation in Pool I is tied up and decisive matches for securing a spot at the Finals will take place on Saturday.
•    The teams fight for two tickets for the Final Round that will be held in the beginning of September in Albania.
•    Led by Karolina Fricova, who scored 21 points (seven of them aces) and Simona Jelinkova with 20, Slovakia were more determined and more efficient in the crucial moments of the game.
•    The Netherlands, who had Annick Meijers putting 24 points to her name, are still in the battle for the tickets and the point they won today may turn out to be a decisive one for the final standing when the final count is made on Saturday.

Michal Matusov, head coach of Slovakia: "I told my players that in order to beat the Netherlands we had to serve strong. Only if we could create problems for them in reception, could we have had any chance. The girls understood well what I was talking about and I am very proud of them. Serving was the key to our win. We are not yet in the finals, so tomorrow we need to play on the same level of seriousness that we showed on the first two days."

Slovenia vs. Greece 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-22)

•    Slovenia are also alive and kicking, after disappointing the hosts from Greece, claiming this way their first win in the tournament.
•    Alja Jerala spearheaded the Slovenian side with 17 points and a 54% effiency in attacking, while the hosts struggled to take action.

Gregor Rozman, head coach of Slovenia: "I'm happy with the way we reacted after yesterday's loss from the Netherlands, but we can still improve much more as a team. It wasn't easy for us to play against the hosts of the tournament and I'm satisfied with the result. We now need to win tomorrow and we know that it will be difficult against Slovakia."

Pool H

Germany vs. Romania 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-19)

 •     Romania were better in the first moments, while the German team started more cautiously.
•    After the first set, Germany began playing smarter, with a better structured play. On the other hand, Romania started losing their rhythm and getting disorganised.  
•    Romania had strong individual performances by Adelina Budai-Ungureanu and Alexia Ioana Carutasu in the first two sets.
•    On the German side, the most influential player was Emma Cyris.  
•    The match was marked by many long rallies, this way making it an enjoyable one for the fans in attendance.
•    Adelina Budai-Ungureanu and Alexia Ioana Carutasu were the most prolific players of the match for the home side scoring 16 points each.
•    Emma Cyris and Luisa Keller contributed 22 and 13 points, respectively, to Germany's victory.

Belarus vs. Norway 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 27-25)

    Despite their good performance from the end line and a solid play in all other aspects of the game, the young team of Norway was not able to take more than one set against the heavy-spiking Belarus.
•    Belarus’ opposite Vera Kastsiuchyk became the best scorer of the match with 22 points for the winning team.  
•    Emilie Olimstad topped the charts for Norway with 16 points.

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