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10/09/2019 17:26
Team Austria attend presidential send-off ceremony in Vienna
CEV EuroVolley 2019 Men

Vienna, Austria, September 10, 2019. Six days ahead of their first EuroVolley 2019 match in Brussels against co-hosts Belgium, Austria’s national team celebrated an impressive 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20) victory over North Macedonia, another EuroVolley contestant. The match took place in the SPORT.ZENTRUM.Niederösterreich in St. Pölten. On Tuesday, head coach Michael Warm and his players joined an official send forth ceremony hosted by Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen at the President’s office in the Hofburg.

“The test match on Saturday was our last pre-EuroVolley friendly. I was satisfied with the result and the level of our performance. We played more consistently and efficiently than we did in Romania a week earlier, but there is still room for improvement,” Warm said.

Top scorer and leading player Alexander Berger is looking forward to Austria’s EuroVolley opener on Friday: “To participate in the European Championship for the first time is a special highlight in each player’s career. I am happy with our performance against North Macedonia and I believe that we are well-prepared for the upcoming challenges in Belgium!”

Alexander Van der Bellen receiving a shirt of Team Austria from the President of the Austrian Volleyball Federation, Gernot Leitner

While hosting the national team, the President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen revealed he played the game himself: “At a younger age, when I was a scientist in West Berlin, I played Volleyball myself. If I made a mistake, my teammates always said, nice try, Sascha! With the successful European Championship qualification, our team has already achieved important things. Since many of our players are under contract with international top clubs, they are familiar with the great atmosphere that will prevail at the European Championship. Any team that qualifies for such a tournament is good for a surprise - of course you too. I especially admire athletes that can focus on one single point. This quality can be helpful later in your life too. I wish our team all the best for the European Championship.”