Vienna, Austria, May 23, 2014. In their last match at the Vienna Budocenter, the home heroines from the Austrian volleyball women´s national team had to admit a 0:3 (17-25, 30-32, 14-25) defeat against Romania. The Romanians finished Tournament 1 in Pool F of these second round qualifications for the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women with a perfect record of three wins and 9 points on top of the table. Before they host the second tournament next week in Piatra Neamt, they are 3 points clear of their closest rival Slovakia. In the last match in Vienna the Slovaks celebrated a confident 3:0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-14) win over Bosnia and Herzegovina to stay in contention.
Austria vs. Romania 0:3 (17-25, 30-32, 14-25)
After their two confident wins, the Romanians had the better start in this match too. After a 25-17, the favored Romanians won the first set. But Zuzana Tlstovicova´s young team was not deterred. Due to their fighting spirit, the Austrians stood up to the Romanians in the second set. Temporaryly they created a snug lead, but at the end the team of Guillermo Gallardos levelled the score and wrapped up the set well into overtime – 32-30. With this comfortable 2:0 lead in their hands, the Romanians made a fine display and the third set was a one-sided affair. After 79 minutes of play, the Romanians closed the match by 3:0 with a 25-14 in the last chapter.
Alina Albu topped the scorers’ chart of the match with 15 points for Romania, followed by Austria’s Srna Markovic with 12.
Darko Antunovic, team manager of Austria: "We did well today. We should actually have won the second set, but after we lost it, the players have shown some fatigue. The five sets on the day before simply have taken up a lot of energy. But in total we can be content with our performances. Our young team gave a good account of themselves. In one week we get a new chance.”
Guillermo Gallardo, head coach of Romania: “For us it was an ideal tournament. But we continue to think match by match. Our chances are now good, of course!”
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Slovakia 0:3 (16-25, 22-25, 14-25)
Except for the first several rallies of the second game, the Slovaks were well in control of the scoreboard and completely dominated on the court. They showed better performance than their opponents in all elements of the game and secured the straight-set victory in only 70 minutes.
Jaroslava Pencova’s 12 points for Slovakia made her the best scorer of the match. Verica Simic was Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most prolific player with 9 points.
Marek Rojko, head coach of Slovakia: “Finally it was a good performance. Now we look forward to the next three matches in Romania.”
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