Croatian ladies claim ticket to World Champs third round
2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship - Women
Herceg Novi, Montenegro, May 26, 2014. On Sunday Croatia edged the local heroines of Montenegro 3:1 (25-17, 25-7, 23-25, and 25-14) to finish the first-round qualifier for the 2014 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship held in Herceg Novi in first place thereby also booking a spot for the third stage of the qualification process scheduled for January next year. On the other hand, the hosts of Montenegro settled for second and will continue their World Championship campaign via the second round slated for October 2-6.
Croatia started out very strong showing the quality of a team that is set to compete – later this year – in the final round of the European Championship and their supremacy was even more evident in the second set (25-7). The hosts went up 16:10 in set 3 but after the second technical time-out the Croats fired back to level the score at 18. Still the home favorites played with great motivation and could prolong the match to a fourth set (25-23) where Croatia got back full control of the operations and cruised to a well-deserved 3:1 win. The hosts did not look too disappointed in the end as by making it to the second round of the FIVB World Championship they had already written a piece of history for their country.
In the other match of the day Bosnia and Herzegovina edged the F.Y.R. of Macedonia 3:2 (25-18, 23-25, 25-7, 20-25, and 15-8) to claim their first victory in the tournament and settle for third place. Both teams were already out of contention for a spot in the next round of the competition.
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