FYROM routs Ukraine to move on to third stage of World Champs qualification
2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship - Men
Skopje, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, May 26, 2013. On Sunday the men’s national team of the F.Y. Republic of Macedonia downed Ukraine in three straight sets (29-27, 25-23, and 25-14) to claim first place on the standing of Pool F and hence book a ticket to the third stage of the qualification process for the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship. Ukraine will re-start its campaign via the second qualification round scheduled for October 2-6, 2013.
The guys mentored by Bulgarian-born head coach Nikolai Jeliazkov did show they were well ready for the most important game of the year and even though they trailed 21:24 in the first set – Sergey Tyutlin was pacing Ukraine with his terrific spikes – Macedonia could flip the charts around. Team captain Nikola Gjorgiev and Vlado Milev took their side by the hand and could finalize their great comeback by sealing the final 29-27 on the scoreboard. After that, FYROM could more easily set the tempo of the game thereby delighting some 1’000 fans in attendance at SRC Kale sports hall in Skopje. Only a few people would believe Macedonia could beat Ukraine in straight sets but once again the good tactics prepared by Jeliazkov and a great team spirit paved the way for another – the third this weekend – success of the home side.
In the other match of the day – that was nevertheless not going to impact on the final charts of the group – Montenegro claimed a match full of ups and downs to edge Albania 3:1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-16, and 25-14) and settle for third place in the group.
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