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20/05/2018 20:52
Hungary open #EuroLeagueW campaign with comfortable win over France
2018 CEV Golden Volleyball European League - Women

Luxembourg, May 20, 2018.  With most of the action yesterday, all eyes on the 2018 CEV Volleyball Golden European League - Women were on Hungary against France in Nemzeti Közszolgálati Egyetem Sportcsarnok in Budapest for the final match of the first leg.  The home side did not disappoint, winning in straight sets and controlling the game for the majority.  With another five legs over the next three weeks and then the Final Four back in Hungary, there is lots still to play for.

Hungary vs. France 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-20)

•    This was the first competitive Volleyball match at the new sports hall of the National University of Public Service in Budapest.
•    The last time these teams met the score was 3-2 for Hungary (semi-final of the 2017 World Grand Prix, Group 3) – that was Hungary’s last win and France’s last match. 
•    Renata Sandor (outside-spiker, Allianz MTV STUTTGART) returned to the Hungarian national team for the first time since the 2015 European Championship.
•    Previous meetings between Hungary and France: 52 matches, 27 Hungarian wins, 25 French wins.
•    The captain and setter of the Hungarian team got injured during the warm up, so Zsuzsanna Tálas had to leave the court.
•    Despite this injury, the home team started strong and won the first two sets pretty easily.
•    France played a good game in the middle of the third set but the team in green won the big points and with them the game.
•    Best player of the game was Greta Szakmary (Hungary), while the top scorer was Reka Szedmak (14 points). Julie Oliveira-Souza scored 10 times for France in their losing effort.

Quotes:

Greta Szakmary, player of Team Hungary: “It is a great feeling to start the competition with a convincing win with this young team. We felt each other during the game and we hope that we can show our skills at our next match against the unbeaten Croatia and also at the Final Four."

Félix Andre, head coach of France: “It was hard to play against Hungary in front of this great crowd. We could have won the second set but we are not very sad about the loss because we know that we are a young team and we have to progress step by step.”

For more on the women's Golden EuroLeague click here.


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