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Eurovolley Pool B: Spain downed Austria at tie break, Belgium win in straight sets vs. Slovakia

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Spain recorded their first victory and remained in contention for the eighth-finals. They downed Austria in Pool B (Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium), whose ticket to the next round is far out of reach: 3-2 (25:23, 26:28, 25:23, 23:25, 15:11). Spain were fantastic in the block performance: 17 winning blocks! Andrés Villena was their most prolific player with 24 points (including 4 winning blocks). Miguel Ángel Fornés made 80% attack (8/10), while Juan Manuel González made 72% reception (18 digs, 44% excellent). In Austria, Thomas Zass tallied 30 points.

Michael Warm – Coach of Austria:
We have got our very first European Championship point and I am very proud of the team. We played at a very stable level the whole game and I really think they did a great job today.

Jorge Fernandez – Middle blocker and captain of Spain:
For us this was a final. We didn’t play our usual level, but we got the win and that is important.”

Belgium take a straight-set victory over Slovakia to up their win-loss record to 4-0 and secure a top-two finish in Pool B. Slovakia now is at 2-2. Except in the first set, Belgium maintained control throughout the match. Tomas Rousseaux was the top scorer of the match with a total of 17 points, while Tomas Krisko scored 10 points for Slovakia. Setter Juraj Zatko, who is appearing at his sixth European Championship, played his 242nd cap with the Slovak national team to top the previous all-time record of 241, which belonged to former captain Emanuel Kohút. Belgium play their last pool match on Wednesday, against Serbia: a big match for the first place in the Pool. Earlier the same day Slovakia will play against Germany in another clash to the eighthfinals.

Juraj Zatko – Setter of Slovakia
There was too big of a difference between the first and the third sets. In the first set we managed to surprise Belgium with a few things, but afterwards they adapted their game. As a setter, it was difficult for me to avoid their block. Moreover, they served very well, too well for our reception.

Brecht Van Kerckhove – Coach of Belgium
Today’s goal was to finish this game in a clear and clean way, but that was not always the case. Tomorrow against Serbia, our last game in the pool stage, fatigue will not be an issue. We’ll have a fresh attitude. Tomorrow it’s important for us to see how much progression we’ve made, against a really strong team.

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2019 CEV European Volleyball Championhip, pool stage – Day 6:

POOL A (Montpellier, France)
Greece – Portugal 1-3 (25:19, 21:25, 23:25, 17:25)
Italy – Bulgaria 3-1 (22:25, 25:23, 25:21, 25:17)

POOL B (Brussels & Antwerp, Belgium)
Austria – Spain 2-3 (23:25, 28:26, 23:25, 25:23, 11:15)
Slovakia – Belgium 0-3 (23:25, 20:25, 15:25)

POOL C (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Slovenia – North Macedonia 1-3 (24:26, 28:30, 25:19, 24:26)
Turkey – Belarus 3-1 (25:21, 26:24, 20:25, 25:19)

POOL D (Rotterdam & Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Montenegro – Poland 0-3 (10:25, 17:25, 19:25)
Estonia – Netherlands 1-3 (25:22, 19:25, 19:25, 20:25)

Source and Photos: CEV.

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