Belgium prolongs winning streak to seven in a row
2013 CEV Volleyball European League - Men
Antwerp, Belgium, June 28, 2013. Belgium did stretch their winning streak in the prelims of the 2013 CEV Volleyball European League by seizing the first game of their home round in Antwerp on Friday night. The home heroes made it seven in a row as they defeated Slovakia 3:1 (25-23, 17-21, 21-19, and 21-18). In the other match of the day Austria edged Denmark in straight sets (22-20, 21-18, and 21-19) to keep their second place in the standing of the group.
The home guys of Belgium had a tough game with Slovakia where they claimed the opening set at 25-23 but in the second set could not stand the pressure that their opponents put from the serving area (17-21). Belgium stepped up in the early phases of the third set (9:6) but Slovakia fought their way back (10:11) before Sam Deroo and Simon Van de Voorde paved the way for the 2:1 in favour of the home side (21-19). Milan Bencz paced Slovakia to a 6:3 lead in the fourth set before the Belgians fought their way back and wrapped it up at 21-18. “Our fighting spirit did help us claim this victory” Belgium’s middle-blocker Simon Van de Voorde says. “Both teams made a lot of mistakes but I am glad we made it through in the end. Hopefully we can win also our next matches here in Antwerp to qualify for the final four even without waiting for the last round in Slovakia”. “We had our chances but it is clear that Belgium is the team that will make it to the final four from this Pool” Slovakia’s mentor Stefan Chrtiansky comments. “The most important thing for me is that we are improving and this gives me better hopes for the next matches”.
In the other match of the day Austria edged Denmark in three straight sets (22-20, 21-18, and 21-19). After losing their previous matches to the Danes, the Austrians could finally score a convincing win against the hosts of this year’s European Championship. Denmark caught the better start in the first set (10:14) but after that Austria pulled together and made it 22-20. Mads Ditlevsen tried to pace Denmark in the next sets but eventually Austria had the upper hand for a well-deserved victory.
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