#Euro2021 Qualifiers: Spain claimed their second victory in as many matches
Spain claimed their second victory in as many matches at the CEV EuroVolley Qualifier Pool D in Nicosia, Cyprus. In a clash featuring Sunday’s winners, they beat Latvia in four sets (25:22, 25:21, 16:25, 25:19) to remain the only team with a perfect score in the group. The eventual pool winners will secure their participation in the final round of EuroVolley 2021 Men co-hosted by Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia and Finland in the late summer of next year.
After dropping a set in yesterday’s match with hosts Cyprus, Spain did the same against Latvia to celebrate another victory. Latvia proved to be a worthy opponent, with their opposite Hermans Egleskalns author of 22 points.
“This is a very important victory but even though we currently lead in the pool with two wins, nothing is over yet, since we have more matches to come, including another one against Latvia,” said Spanish outside hitter Victor Rodriguez Perez. “It has been difficult to deal with the break imposed by the coronavirus pandemic but we would like to win as many matches as possible despite the lack of preparation.”
In the other match, Moldova secured their first victory in the competition, with a straight sets victory 25:22, 25:22, 25:22 against the hosts of Cyprus, that suffered their second defeat. Sotiris Siapanis was the top scorer of the match scoring 13 points for Cyprus, while Serghei Predius scored 12 for the winners.
“This is a very important victory for us and we will be trying to perform in the same way in the remaining matches in order to stay in contention for qualification,” said Moldovan player Daniil Cozlovschi.
Latvia — Spain 1-3 (22:25, 21:25, 25:16, 19:25)
Moldova – Cyprus 3-0 (25:22, 25:22, 25:22)
Formula: Second round robin again in Cyprus from 4 to 6 September. The winners of the 7 pools and the best 5 runners-up qualify for the European Championships.
Source and photos: CEV