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20/12/2017 23:47
Four teams to fight for spot in gold medal match at WEVZA U16 Women’s Championship
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Viana do Castelo, Portugal, December 20, 2017. The WEVZA U16 Women’s Volleyball Championship is getting more exciting with each day. The decisive matches to determine the final standing in each pool will take place on Thursday. The Netherlands vs Switzerland will decide the winners of Pool A and Spain vs Germany fix the top spots in Pool B.

On Wednesday, Germany claimed without any major difficulties (3-0; 25-12, 25-18, 25-22) their matchup with hosts Portugal to cement their leadership in Pool B but on Thursday, they will have to beat the still undefeated Spain to finish first in the group. Jens Tietböhl, Germany coach, said: “It wasn’t a good match from our team. Portugal served well and created many problems for us in reception. Tomorrow against Spain it will be a much more interesting match, but obviously we hope to win again.”

Many expected the match featuring Spain and France to be a close one. The Spaniards, however, rallied to a quite comprehensive 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-18) victory. Spain captain Raquel Montoro said: “I think that we have already showed that we have what it takes to finish first in our pool, since we have a good team, we never give up fighting and play most of the time at the same level, always giving 100% of ourselves. I don’t believe that there are any favourites in this tournament, but the Netherlands seem to be the strongest team.”

The Netherlands and Switzerland will clash for the top spot in Pool A. On Wednesday, Switzerland beat Portugal B 3-1 (25-12, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15) to get another boost of confidence. Annick Stähli, outside hitter of Switzerland, said: “The Netherlands are the favourites, since they have a good team and strong players, but we believe that we can beat them if we play well in attack and put pressure on them. We have two wins in two matches and we are playing well, so that give us even more confidence.”

The Netherlands, on the other hand, lost 2-3 (15-25, 25-15, 15-25, 25-21, 19-21) to Belgium, a team that never gives up. In the end of this “marathon” Robin De Bont, Belgium’s coach acknowledged: “It was a crazy match indeed, played very intensively, between two very young teams. We comfortably won two sets and the Netherlands did just the same. In the decisive set, there was much nervousness in the mix and either team could have won. We defeated a very strong team such as the Netherlands and we are very pleased, but our main goal is to evolve as a team.”

For further information, visit http://fpvoleibol.pt/wevza-u16fem/ and follow the live streaming of all matches at www.volei.tv

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