Germany stops Belgium's winning streak to seven matches
2013 CEV Volleyball European League - Women
Hamburg, Germany, June 29, 2013. After Serbia opened the program on Saturday at CU Arena in Hamburg by edging Israel in straight sets (21-16, 21-14, and 21-12), the hosts of Germany could stop the terrific winning streak of their opponents from Belgium – seven games in a row – by cruising to a 3:2 victory (21-13, 18-21, 18-21, 21-19, and 15-12) over the players mentored by head coach Gert Vande Broek. Belgium remains the absolute leader of Pool B with 20 points, with Germany and Serbia following with 16 and 12 respectively.
Vande Broek commented after the game: “It was our first defeat in the European League but we learned a lot from this game. Germany started like real silver medallists from the last edition of the European Championship and played very good. After that we changed something and came back in the game and had some opportunities to win in the end. I think both teams played on a very high level and the spectators enjoyed the game”.
Charlotte Leys, Belgium’s captain, said: “It is never that nice when you lose a game, but we have still earned one point. Tomorrow we have to win against Israel and then we need one more victory next week to reach the final four in Bulgaria. This is our aim and what we want, also for the Belgian fans”.
Giovanni Guidetti, Germany’s head coach: “The team fought with another spirit today, and this made the difference. The key to success was also in the block, for in this fundamental we did improve our performance from the last games against Belgium. I have seen good and bad things, and that was important for me”.
Kathleen Weiss, setter of Germany: “Today we made the next step as a team. That is normal at this time because we have trained a lot this week. It was good that we had more good than bad moments, but we still have to reduce the bad ones”.
Margareta Kozuch top scored in the game with 17 points well supported by Maren Brinker and Christiane Fürst with 16 and 15 respectively. Lise Van Hecke paced Belgium with 15.
Aleksandar Vladisavljev, Serbia’s head coach, commented after the victory claimed by his side over Israel: “After the hard game yesterday, it was not easy to find the concentration for the match against Israel. Against the German team Israel had showed that they can come back, and as a result of this we were a little bit careful. It was our aim to finish it in three sets. Tomorrow we have nothing to lose against Germany. They are the absolutely favourite side for this game”.
Serbian player Olga Raonic: “We played good against Israel and it was better compared to the previous day. I hope it will be even better tomorrow and we will continue to improve on the quality of our performance. We know that we have a chance against Germany and I think we will make it through this time”.
Moran Zur, Israel’s captain and top scorer with 14 points: “We didn’t play so good, there were moments we played better than Serbia but it was only for a while. It is very important for us to compete in the European League against such teams like Germany, Serbia and Belgium. They all have a very high level”.
Arie Selinger, Israel’s head coach: “Yesterday we played better. This is a very strong Pool, too strong for us. And if you lose too often, it is not easy for the players to stay motivated”.
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