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Eurovolley Pool B: Germany through to 1/8 finals, Serbia secured top-spot defeating Belgium in straight sets!

Germany are through to the eight-finals after beating direct rivals Slovakia in Pool B (Brussels & Antwerp, Belgium) in straight sets. The vice-champions recorded the second victory that put them at the No.3 in the standing, and left Spain with no chances of reaching the next round. Germany can even climb up to the second place if they beat Spain in the last round and Serbia suffer defeat in the next two games, against Belgium and Austria, but it is not quite realistic to happen. György Grozer did not play for Germany for the second match in a row due to calf injury. He was registered as libero today. Christian Fromm and Simon Hirsch were top scorers for Germany with 15 points each, while Tobias Krick added 4 winning blocks. Matej Paták scored 17 points for Slovakia and Tomáš Kriško made 71% reception (24 digs, 42% excellent).

Andrea Giani – Coach of Germany:
At first they were very strong and we had problems scoring on the high passes after bad reception or defence. At the end of set 2 those balls had a better placement and we could play more easily into the middle or create some more tempo.

Tomas Krisko – Outside spiker and captain of Slovakia:
We started very well in sets one and two, but after wasting multiple set points and losing the second set, our morale went down, while Germany made fewer mistakes, which resulted in this bad third set from our side.”

A very good Belgium was outplayed by perfect Serbia in a spectacular three-set-match at Antwerp’s Lotto Arena. So, Serbia claimed their fourth win of the tournament and secured the top spot in the pool’s final standings a day before their last pool match against Austria. The host finished on a 4-1 win-loss record in second place. Atanasijevic was the best scorer of the match, with a total of 18 points while captain Sam Deroo scored 13 for Belgium.

Igor Grobelny – Outside spiker of Belgium:
“I had nothing to lose, when I joined the Red Dragons in the second set. I must grab the chances that the coach gives me. I tried to help the team, and I am happy that my attacks were successful. Serbia were very strong today, but we’ll try again to beat them next time.”

Slobodan Kovač – Coach of Serbia:
“This was an important victory. I am happy with the good result. But this first place means nothing. It is possible that we meet the Belgian team again in the quarterfinals. That is why the game of today is important for our morale and our confidence. We did a good job.”

2019 CEV European Volleyball Championship, pool stage – Day 7:

POOL A (Montpellier, France)
Portugal – Romania 1-3 (21:25, 25:19, 18:25, 23:25)
France – Italy 3-1 (25:22, 22:25, 25:21, 25:22)

POOL B (Brussels & Antwerp, Belgium)
Germany – Slovakia 3-0 (25:23, 30:28, 25:19)
Belgium – Serbia 0-3 (19:25, 21:25, 19:25)

POOL C (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Slovenia – Russia 0-3 (21:25, 21:25, 21:25)
Finland – Turkey 3-2 (25:20, 15:25, 18:25, 25:23, 15:12)

POOL D (Rotterdam & Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Ukraine – Estonia 3-0 (25:17, 25:15, 25:14)
Netherlands – Czech Republic 2-3 (18:25, 25:18, 20:25, 25:22, 14:16)

Source and Photos: CEV

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