Germany claims European ticket after cruising to fifth consecutive win
2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Men
Maribor, Slovenia, September 14, 2012. Germany scored a speedy 3:0 win (25-12, 25-22, and 25-16) to edge the home heroes of Slovenia at “Lukna” sports hall in Maribor and claim their qualification for the final round of the 2013 European Championship coming up next September in Denmark and Poland.
Germany opened in great fashion by combining great defense and fast attacks to demolish the resistance of the home side and claim the opening set with a terrific 25-12, a score that clearly reflected the dominance of the guys in white jerseys. Slovenia finally found their way into the game in set 2 as they drew level at 15 helped by Tine Urnaut and Mitja Gasparini. They even cruised to the front at 19:18 but too many mistakes in the final rush paved the way with gold for Germany. Nothing changed in the third set where Germany played with great composure and stood out in blocking to finish it off with a superb 3:0 and celebrate their qualification for the final round of the European Championship.
“It was just a perfect match as we could stop our opponents almost everywhere. I am very happy with the performance of our libero who, in my opinion, was today’s best player” said the head coach of Germany, Vital Heynen.
“I just can’t find the words to comment this match; maybe my players just could not stand the pressure and they made a way too many mistakes” stated home mentor Veselin Vukovic. “On the other hand Germany played a perfect match and they could minimize their errors. I am sorry for the spectators but with yesterday’s win we secured our second place in the group, so we are still in contention for making it to the final round of the European Championship”.
In today’s first match Ukraine downed Sweden in straight sets (25-18, 25-18, and 25-20) after a splendid start whereby the Eastern Europeans went up 13:7 and 16:11 in the opening set. They crashed Sweden’s defense with their spikes before things got a little better for Sweden in set 2 where the score was leveled at 14. Still the guys coached by Yuriy Filippov could have the upper hand in the end and they did so also in the third set to go for a well-deserved 3:0 win.
“We are happy with the result especially after yesterday we wanted to go for the tie-break with Germany but could not succeed in achieving this goal” said Ukraine’s captain Volodymyr Tatarintsev.
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