Belgian ladies score seventh consecutive win in Pool B
2013 CEV Volleyball European League - Women
Hamburg, Germany, June 28, 2013. On Friday there were the first matches of the European League weekend in Hamburg. In the first match Belgium were on the lucky side and celebrated a 3:2 (21-18, 18-21, 18-21, 21-14, and 15-13) win over Serbia to make it seven in a row. Later in the afternoon the home heroines of Germany edged Israel 3:1 (21-12, 21-11, 17-21, and 21-16) to keep alive their chances to make it to the final round in Varna.
Lise Van Hecke from Belgium was the top scorer of the game with 22 points. Team captain Jelena Blagojevic scored 12 points for Serbia.
Aleksandar Vladisavljev, Serbia’s head coach: “We are satisfied because Belgium is one of the best teams in the European League. At the end Belgium used our problems in defence to claim their victory. This year we don’t play with our first team and give our young players the chance to compete with strong sides such as Germany and Belgium”.
Belgian mentor Gert Vande Broek: “I think our fighting spirit was the key today. Serbia served very well, on the other side our serve was too easy. We played bad in set two and three but then we turned our frustration into energy. This was a big step to the final four”.
Belgian team captain Charlotte Leys: “I am really glad that we won this game. We already beat Serbia twice but today it was difficult. We had problems in the beginning with our reception. Afterwards we played better in this element and we fought for every ball. I hope that we play better tomorrow versus Germany”.
Germany’s debut in Hamburg ended with standing ovations from the fans in attendance on Friday at CU Arena as the home heroines edged Israel 3:1 (21-12, 21-11, 17-21, 21-16).
Israel’s captain Moran Zur: “It was the first game we played like this. We won our first set and maybe in the next days we can improve on our performance from today. We will see what will happen in the next matches. At the end Germany was too strong because they played very good and were well organized on the field.”
Israeli player Ron Ponte: “We are happy that we made a progress in the European League. We took the first set today and it is our aim to become better after every match. We played pretty good today and we realized that we can play better than we have done in the previous rounds. We will try it tomorrow again”.
Germany’s head coach Giovanni Guidetti: “We had won two easy sets, but in the third set we caught a weak start with too many mistakes. For Ssuschke-Voigt it was the first match since three months, Saskia Hippe never played before on this position. Lisa Izquierdo and Franziska Poll deputed for the national team on German soil. Today it was an opportunity to look for other possibilities in the future”.
Home heroine Heike Beier: “I am happy that we have claimed the game. We lost our concentration in the third set while we could have finished it in straight sets. It is interesting to see that we play with a new starting six every game, for example with Saskia today. It is clear that we are still looking for the best mix at the moment”.
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