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15/09/2012 19:50
Belgian ladies only one step away from European ticket
2013 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women

Kortrijk, Belgium, September 15, 2012. The home heroines of Belgium needed less than one hour to beat Montenegro (25-5, 25-18, and 25-13) to re-assert their credentials for a ticket to make it to the final round of the 2013 European Championship. This will turn into reality if Belgium scores a 3:0 win against Slovenia in the last match scheduled for Sunday.
Montenegro’s defense line was literally knocked down in the first set by Belgium’s service, and especially by those provided by Charlotte Leys, Laura Heyrman and Nina Coolman.
Belgium lacked focus in the second set and hence Montenegro could resist a bit more via the help of Tatjana Bokan, Dragana Perunicic and Ana Otasevic. However, as Leys went to the serving area, she contributed the final boost for the provisional 2:0. Bokan played well also in set 3 but Belgium – and especially Leys – remained focused to wrap it up in straight sets.

In the first match of the day, after losing yesterday to Belgium, France needed to score a 3:0 win against Slovenia to remain in contention for that much wanted European ticket and the players mentored by Fabrice Vial eventually did so by scoring a victory in straight sets (25-20, 25-23, and 25-16). Anja Zdovc was back in action for Slovenia after an illness and she brought some more stability to the defense line; however, France’s star Christina Bauer opened the gap for her side before Elena Kucej and Tjasa Turnsek helped Slovenia come back to -3 (23:20); a block by France’s captain Anna Rybaczewski finished the opening set at 25-20.
Bauer and Hélène Schleck moved up the score to 14:8 for France in set 2 but Slovenia got back on track via their captain Marina Cvetanovic who scored 11 points all alone in this section of the game. After a tie at 22, Bauer, Schleck and Rybaczewski made sure France could celebrate the provisional 2:0. Slovenia could not keep up with the pace imposed by France in set 3, the 3:0 was finally there and France now needs to hope Slovenia will take one set from Belgium on Sunday to be able to qualify directly for the final round of the 2013 European Championship.

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