Germany completes perfect run in Maribor
2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Men
Maribor, Slovenia, September 15, 2012. Germany completed their campaign in the European qualifier – Pool E by scoring a sixth consecutive victory to finish with a perfect score. Their last win came on Saturday in Maribor as they easily disposed of Sweden in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, and 25-13). Sweden finished the double round robin with six defeats. Second place in the Pool went to Slovenia that today lost to Ukraine 1:3 (25-16, 14-25, 23-25, 24-26) but will have a last call for the 2013 European Championship next May via the third qualification round.
Germany even played without their superstar Georg Grozer but this did not affect the final result at all. Germany experienced some difficulties only in the early phases of the first set as Sweden went up by two points a couple of times, but once they caught the right pace, the guys around head coach Vital Heynen totally dominated the scene going for a comfortable 3:0.
With the final standings of the group already determined, the last match was only a question of prestige for Slovenia but after winning the opening set, the local heroes lost the next three to their opponents from Ukraine. The guests deservedly won the game while Slovenia evidently lacked energy to finish the tournament with a positive result. “The most important thing is that we have made it to the third round and everything else will be left for a careful analysis once we have time for this. Even though I thought we could not repeat the bad performance we had as we played Germany, this happened again” says home mentor Veselin Vukovic. “My guys were somehow absent, maybe their minds are already with the clubs, but I am sure next May we will play much better”.
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