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28/04/2019 17:55
Germany grab the last available ticket for the Finals of #EuroVolleyU16W
2019 CEV U16 Volleyball European Championship - Women

Luxembourg, April 28, 2019. The team of Germany disappointed on Sunday the hosts of the qualification tournament in Twardogóra – Poland. In a crucial match for the final standing in Pool B, the players around head coach Jens Tietböhl claimed a 3-1 victory and thus, became the last team to proceed to the Final Phase of the 2019 CEV U16 Volleyball European Championship – Women, that is due to take place later this summer in Italy and Croatia. Yesterday the teams of Serbia, Romania, France and the Netherlands had booked their tickets to the Finals.

 Pool B in Twardogóra (POL) 

In the first match of the last day of competition in Twardogóra, Spain outclassed the team of Sweden 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-15). The Spaniards showed a really good play at the service line. Their good performance at the net, and more specifically at blocking, was the key element that helped them secure a comfortable advantage. The Spanish team finish the tournament in Poland with one win and two losses, while Sweden go home with three defeats. 

Carla Prieto Aparicio, captain of Spain: “It wasn’t an easy game for us and we had to stay focused from the very beginning of the match until the end. Even if we were scoring more points than Sweden, we had to avoid making stupid mistakes and we managed to do so. We played our game, especially in service and block and eventually these components turned out to be our main strength. We are happy that we won this last game and could finish the tournament with a victory. I am happy that we have visited Poland and played in this tournament. We spent a nice time here.” 

Germany won the last match of the qualifier in Twardogóra and secured their spot in the Finals of #EuroVolleyU16W in Italy and Croatia. The German players showed perfect and consistent play – and this was the key to make their dreams come true. On the other hand, Team Poland looked very determined, but this was not enough to outclass the strong team of Germany. The hosts tried to change the situation and after having lost the first two sets, rose like a phoenix from the ashes in the third one. However, due to unforced errors in the late stages of the fourth set, the Polish players lost their chances to bring this match into a tie break, with Germany celebrating a 3-1 (25-16, 25-12, 15-25, 25-20) victory.

Mira Ledermüller, captain of Germany: “I am extremely happy with the result and I am sure that my teammates feel the same way! It’s a great feeling after a hard three-day tournament. This game was a little bit strange, we played very well in the first two sets, but in the third one something broke down. Anyway, I am proud that we were able to get back on our feet in the fourth set and achieve our goal. We played our Volleyball, with attention to the details that we believed were important in the match. The most important thing is that we continue ahead and we are ready for EuroVolleyU16W!” 

Pool D in Zaporizhzhia (UKR) 

France who qualified for the Finals of #EuroVolleyU16W on Saturday, met on the court the team of Estonia in the first match of the day. With no problems the French seized a straight sets win (25-22, 25-21, 25-21).  Vaiteani Vaki became Best Player of the match, helping the Bleues seize the win by recording 15 points. From Estonia, Salme Adeele Hollas was the best for her team with 11 points. 

Later in the afternoon, the hosts from Ukraine couldn’t make happy their fans as they lost their last match in the qualifier. In a five-sets thriller (25-27, 14-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-6) Austria showed great spirit and made a great comeback from being two sets down, to eventually emerge victorious and leave the competition with a victory and second place in the pool. Marie-Kristin Bruckner contributed the most for her team’s victory, putting 22 points to her name. “We are overjoyed that we were able to turn this game around after trailing 0-2 and thus could get the second place. Starting with the third set, we could find the right rhythm and flow. The girls played courageously and earned this victory. There are some great talents here. At this age you see an improvement almost on a monthly basis. The performance in April has already been much better than at the MEVZA qualifier back in January,” said an elated Austria head coach Olaf Mitter.

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