Skip Navigation LinksNews > News
News
09/08/2019 23:30
Top European teams off to good start in Olympic qualifiers
News from the FIVB

Luxembourg, August 9, 2019. Russia, Italy, Serbia, the Netherlands, France, Poland and Bulgaria have all started their quest for a ticket to the men’s tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on a high note. There are as many as six spots at stake this weekend across as many pools to join hosts Japan at next year’s Olympic Games.  

Russia found little resistance from Mexico and promptly scored a 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-17) win in a match where head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo gave time on court to all his players except for Egor Kliuka. At just over an hour, it was the quickest match of the day after Iran had edged Cuba 3-2 earlier in the afternoon in Saint Petersburg.

In Varna, hosts Bulgaria were all over Egypt in the first set, but blew two set points in the second and had to fend off as many as six of Egypt’s before Svetoslav Gotsev served an ace on libero Ahmed Mohamed and Viktor Yosifov blocked Hisham Ewais for the last two points. The African side did pull one back eventually in the third, but Bulgaria regrouped and claimed the win 3-1 (25-11, 33-31, 19-25, 25-19), on the back of 28 points by Tsvetan Sokolov.


Dutch superstar Nimir Abdel-Aziz portrayed during the match with Korea.

The Netherlands waited until they trailed Korea by two sets, before pulling together to turn the match around in Rotterdam for a 3-2 (23-25, 25-27, 26-24, 25-20, 15-12) win. Korea could have sealed the upset in three sets, as the Dutch cancelled two Korean match points at 22-24 to draw level at 24-24. The hosts blew one more set point at 25-24 before bringing the set home on a Na Gyeong-Bok attacking error. Park Chul-Woo registered a match high 19 points for Korea, but Thijs ter Horst and Nimir Abdel-Aziz each scored 16 for the Netherlands, who totally out-blocked their opponents 16 to 5 (with five blocks each from Abdel-Aziz and Fabian Plak).

Three-time Olympic champions USA dropped a set but completed the Rotterdam action on Friday with minimal damage as they outplayed Belgium 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18) led by Aaron Russell’s match-high 19 points and Matt Anderson’s 17 more.

France narrowly avoided what could have been serious trouble, persevering at the end of the first set and coming from behind in the third to seal a 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-23) win over Slovenia that keeps them in position to challenge hosts Poland on Saturday in the Gdansk pool. With France coach Laurent Tillie pulling out a couple of his starters in the third (probably to rest them ahead of Saturday’s crucial game), Slovenia saw their chance and pounced, taking a 23-19 lead. But France made a 6-0 run, including three aces by Kevin Le Roux, to take the set and finish the match in three. Earvin Ngapeth led the way for France, past the Slovenia blocking, on a match-high 14 points.


A full house at Ergo Arena in Gdansk.

Reigning world champions Poland and hosts of the Gdansk pool had previously gotten off to a quick start to their campaign with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-19) total domination of Tunisia in under an hour and a half.

Serbia avoided any serious complications when they rallied from a set down to edge Australia 3-1 (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 32-30) in Bari - but had to fight hard for the win. The ‘Volleyroos’ came from 22-24 behind in the first set, cancelled one more set point of the Serbs and got it right on their second try of their own, with back-to-back aces by Paul Carroll on libero Nikola Pekovic and on Marko Ivovic.

Serbia avoided any serious complications when they rallied from a set down to edge Australia 3-1 (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 32-30) in Bari - but had to fight hard for the win. The ‘Volleyroos’ came from 22-24 behind in the first set, cancelled one more set point of the Serbs and got it right on their second try of their own, with back-to-back aces by Paul Carroll on libero Nikola Pekovic and on Marko Ivovic.

Australia also had two opportunities to take the game into a tie-break, when they led 25-24, 29-28 but failed to capitalise. It took Serbia a total of six match balls to finish the job - the redeeming point coming from a Carroll attacking error. Aleksandar Atanasijevic was man of the match, scoring the overall day’s high across all pools of 35 points, including an amazing eight of his side’s total 14 aces and an attacking efficiency of 66% (25/38).

Italy wrapped up the day’s action with a clean sweep of Cameroon 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16) in Bari, with 13 points by Osmany Juantorena and 12 each by Ivan Zaytsev and Filippo Lanza.

In Pool F, hosts China outlasted Finland 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23) as Jiang Chuan celebrated his 25th birthday scoring 25 points to lead the Asian side and set them off on a collision course with Argentina on Sunday.

News nr. 343 of 10930
10/08/2019 23:50:00
Poland one set away from punching ticket to Tokyo 2020
09/08/2019 15:00:00
Austria gear up for EuroVolley
Advanced Search
From:
RadDatePicker
RadDatePicker
Open the calendar popup.