After a Summary of #Eurovolley2019 until this moment, What’s happened?
At first Slovakia, in front of about 2,500 home fans in Nitra, defeated Montenegro in straight sets and secure their ticket to EuroVolley 2019.
Fot them is the tenth participation in the competition. Slovakia’s opposite Peter Michalovič led his team to this great victory scoring 15 points. In details, in Pool C Slovakia won against Montenegro with following results 25-21, 25-22, 25-20, and the hosts led from start to end in the first and third set, even if Montenegro had more chances to try to fight in the second set.
Peter Michalovič (SVK) and Marko Bojič (MNE) scored 15 points each and were the top scorers of the match.
In Pool D great victory in straight sets for Austria, without some of their champions against Albania (25-13, 25-21, 30-28), and now made a huge step towards qualifying for the European Championship: now they are leading Pool D ahead of Portugal, however, Portugal have played one game less. On Wednesday, Austria will play with the last-ranked team in the pool, Croatia. The top scorer of the match was Thomas Zass, who scored 18 points.
In Pool E Norway scored a victory in straight sets against the still winless Georgia (10-25, 18-25, 18-25) in a match lasted less than an hour. Even though their team captain Jonas Kvalen did not play at all, Norway won a match without any problems. Kristian Morken Bjelland and Sigurd van Dijk Festoy top scoring with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Norway are still in contention for a spot at EuroVolley 2019 and on Wednesday will play a very important home match against Belarus in Oslo.
Also Ukraine have secured a spot at EuroVolley with a 3-1 (25-19, 28-26, 23-25, 25-23) home victory against Macedonia, and this was their 5/5 victory in Pool F, where they have now the unassailable lead.
It was a great battle against F.Y.R. of Macedonia, who still had a chance of becoming first in the pool if Ukraine were defeated tonight.
On Wednesday in Pool F, Macedonia and Switzerland will be battling for second place in the pool in Skopje. Both teams are currently on two wins, three losses and have collected six ranking points!
Top scorer in today’s match was Nikola Gjorgiev from F.Y.R. of Macedonia, with 26 points, while top scorer for Ukraine was Ian Iereshchenko, who realized 18 points.
In the same pool Switzerland defeated Hungary at tie break: 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 8-15.
Great comeback by the Swiss team, who were able to get the win in five sets after a 0-2 disadvantage.
Árpád Baróti (HUN) with 20 points was the top scorer for the hosts, while Luca Ulrich (SUI) was the MVP of the match after scoring 18 points.
After a 3-1 victory against Luxembourg (25-18, 27-25, 21-25, 25-20), Azerbaijan are now in second place in Pool G.
Azerbaijan’s Rasul Ibragimov was the top scorer of the match with 18 points followed by his teammate Parviz Samadov with 16, while Kamil Rychlicki was Luxembourg’s top scorer with 15.
In the same pool, Greece extended their winning streak in the competition to five matches in a row with a victory against Sweden in straight sets (25-18, 25-18, 25-22). Nikos Zoupani was the top scorer and best player of the match with 13 points for Greece, while August Borna was Sweden’s best scorer with 9 points.
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