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04/01/2013 21:30
Russia keeps on winning, first victories for Slovenia and Estonia in Jelgava
2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship - Boys

Jelgava, Latvia, January 4, 2013. Russia scored on Friday its second win as the qualifier for the 2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship – Boys completed its second round of action while Slovenia and Estonia could celebrate their first “hurrah” in Jelgava.
Slovenia opened Friday’s program by cruising past Ukraine 3:1 (24-26, 25-17, 25-22, and 25-13) to redeem for yesterday’s defeat to group favorite Russia. David Kumer registered 24 points for the winning side well supported by Ziga Donik with 13 and Sergej Drobnic with 11. Stanislav Azarov and Andriy Marynchenko paced Ukraine with 11 and 10 points respectively.
“We want to make it to the final round and therefore my players were extremely nervous as they debuted against Russia on Thursday” said Slovenia’s head coach Iztok Ksela after the game. “We were leading 24:22 in the first set but once again my players felt the pressure and they eventually ended up losing this set. However, they regrouped and played much better in the remainder of the match. We prepare very carefully for each game by analyzing and scouting our opponents and I think this has helped us today”.    

In the second match of the day Russia easily routed Norway in straight sets (25-12, 25-11, and 25-23). Dmitry Volkov was once again Russia’s most prolific scorer with 16 points. Kristoffer Alstad Ostvik topped the charts for Norway with 9. “Russia has got some players with the potential of making it to the Olympics one day and my players are much younger than their opponents” said Norway’s head coach, Japan-born Haruya Indo. “These teams are extremely different in many ways, tactically, physically, mentally etc. I regret that we could not bring it home in the third set but I hope this is a good lesson for future matches against such strong opponents. I also know that my guys did their best today”.    

To round out Friday’s schedule Estonia beat the hosts of Latvia 3:1 (28-30, 25-22, 25-23, and 25-16). Oliver Orav – after totaling 35 points in Thursday’s defeat to Ukraine – chartered 21; Maris Lancmanis, Matiss Senkans and Aleksandrs Avdejevs all registered 14 for the home side. “These teams are quite similar but today Estonia played better than we did. We did not block with the right consistency, made many mistakes in defense and did not serve well in the final phases of each set. Without these mistakes the result could have been different” commented Latvia’s mentor Janis Bomins.  

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