After Slovakia and Ukraine secured their participation at EuroVolley 2019 on Saturday, today were played with five exciting fixtures where 10 teams fighted in order to stay in contention for a spot in the European Championship.
Today was a successful for Finland, Moldova, Portugal and Spain which took one step closer to qualifying for the EuroVolley 2019 to be hosted in France, Belgium, Slovenia and the Netherlands. Moreover Estonia, already qualified, continued their dominance in Pool B.
But let’s go in order!
In POOL A, victory without story for Finland against Denmark (25:13, 25:13, 25:20).
With this victory, Finland is now in the second position in Pool A and they hope they would be among the five best runners-up across all seven pools.
Finnish opposite Olli-Pekka Ojansivu played a perfect match scoring 24 points. He hit five aces in the second set and six aces in all the match. The best scorer of Denmark was Peter Trolle Bonnesen with 10 points.
In POOL B Victory in straight sets also for Estonia against Latvia (25:20, 25:11, 25:21). Estonia played another very good match.
Kristo Kollo had an incredible service run: in the second set he started to serve on 12:9 and finished when on 23:10! He scored 6 aces in this match and 11 points in total. Estonia finishes the qualification with a perfect score: 12 points, even though they had already secured the qualification to EuroVolley 2019 in August.
Another 3:0 also in POOL C, where the winner is Republic of Moldova, who destroyed Iceland: 25:17, 25:18, 25:11.
Middle blocker Vladimir Stelmah could not play with the Moldovan team because of injury, but his teammates Serghei Predius, Dmitrii Bahov and Mihai Voleanschii led the team to a victory.
In POOL D, Portugal needed four sets to win against Croatia (25:15, 19:25, 26:24, 25:16).
Great performance for Portugal thanks their efficacy in the service and in attack.
Alexandre Ferreira in attack (he was the top scorer of the match with 18 points) and Filip Cveticanin at blocking led Portugal to win the battle.
In POOL E victory in straight sets for Spain against Belarus with following score 26:24, 25:21, 26:24. Villena (Spain) was the top scorer of the match with 19 points.