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21/12/2017 23:00
Germany and the Netherlands to fight for gold at WEVZA U16 Women’s Championship
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Viana do Castelo, Portugal, December 21, 2017. The Netherlands will play Germany in the final of the WEVZA U16 Women’s Volleyball Championship scheduled for 20.00 on Friday. It is a match to watch and that places face to face the teams that stood out as the pre-favourites of the competition that started earlier this week in Viana do Castelo.

The remaining matches are:

Bronze medal match – Spain vs Switzerland (18.00)
Match for 5th and 6th place – Belgium vs France (16.00)
Match for 7th and 8th place – Portugal B vs Portugal A (14.00)

The matchup between the Netherlands and Switzerland didn’t live up to the expectations since the young Dutchwomen didn’t give the slight chance to Switzerland to fight for the victory from the first minutes of the match, and eventually took their spot in the final of the tournament. The landslide victory (3-0; 25-12, 25-12, 25-21) rewards the flawless match of the “mechanic orange” team and punishes the lack of solutions from Switzerland. Eelco Beijl, the Dutch coach said: “Switzerland demonstrated in the first two matches that they were a strong opponent, with a good setter and effective outside spikers. We have been trying to improve what did not go so well in the first two matches and today we played a very good match, within what we know our team is capable of. Our goal is to improve with each match and obviously to win the tournament, even though we are expecting a strong team to join us in the final. If it’s Germany, they are a very structured team, aggressive and powerful; if it’s Spain, we will face very skilled players and who will be fighting like warriors.”

In the second match of Pool A, Belgium beat hosts Portugal B 3-0 (25-20, 25-10, 25-19) and secured third place in the pool. Belgium coach Robin De Bont said: “It wasn’t such an easy match as the result may suggest, since we had to play always focused, and when we didn’t do so, Portugal took advantage of that to score points. So far, we only have to lament the less successful first match in the pool, whereas yesterday we played at a high level facing the Netherlands and today we were at our level too. It is too bad because if we had played better against Switzerland, now we would be fighting for a medal”.

Belgium’s next opponent will be France that defeated Portugal 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-15) in the fight for third place in Pool B. In the fourth set, and with Julie Henyo serving, France went from a tie at 8-8 to a large advantage (17-8), and that was decisive to win the set and match. For Philippe Marta, the French coach the difference was really “in the serve, since ours was superior to Portugal’s, and in the determination with which my players faced this match. Tomorrow against Belgium there will be a very good match for us because it’s with these matches that we may grow as a team and prepare better for the European Championship qualification.”

Spain vs Germany was the last match of the day and it was very balanced but Germany showed more composure in the decisive moments and deserved to win (3-2; 25-20, 12-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-10), to become a worthy opponent to the Netherlands in the final. Paula Schürholz, Germany’s captain highlighted: “We saw Spain’s first two matches in this tournament and we knew that we were going to have difficulties to win, but we served very well, and mainly we played always united as a team, especially in the most adverse times. Tomorrow anything may happen. The Netherlands have good players and it is going to be very difficult. It’s true that we already played against them two times and lost, but tomorrow we are going to the court determined to win this high-level tournament.”

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