25. 08. 2019

EUROVOLLEY 2019 W: Rookies Estonia fall under Fabris’ service fire, Slovakia still living their dream

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Croatia National Team noted its premier victory in the 2019 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship which is co-hosted by four nations (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey) for the first time in the history of the tournament.



Croatia bounced back from an unfortunate defeat to Azerbaijan at the 2019 EuroVolley opener to outplay the Final Round rookies Estonia in four sets, partially 25-18, 25-17, 26-28 and 25-12, on Day 2 at the Papp László Sportaréna Budapest (Hungary).

Samanta Fabris set the example for her teammates in Croatia National Team with 14 points, including impressive 6 aces. Teenage middle blocker Božana Butigan set up 4 kill blocks. Kertu Laak scored 11 points for Estonia.

In the neighborly derby, Romania downed Pool C hosts Hungary by a 3-1 despite an amazing attacking display of Anett Németh (26 points) and blocking performance of Eszter Anna Pekárik (8 kill blocks). Adelina Budăi-Ungureanu scored 21 points for the winning side.



Slovakia and Germany did not feel the bitterness of a loss in the tournament. The pool hosts Slovakia, supported by the record crowd of 4,100 spectators at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, are still living their dream as they swept Switzerland by a 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-22) to reach a 2-0 record.

Karin Palgutová topped Slovakia’s scorers with 18 points, while Michaela Španková made 67% positive reception. Maja Storck scored 15 points for Switzerland.

Germany do not give up on claiming the pole position in the pool as they overcame a slow start of the match against Spain to write down a 3-1 win.

Jennifer Geerties was Germany’s best scorer with 16 points. Denise Hanke made 91% excellent attack! Young outside hitter Ana Escamilla was brilliant for Spain with 26 points (4 aces).

2019 CEV Women’s Volleyball European Championship, Final Round – Day 2:

POOL A (Ankara, Turkey)

France – Greece 0-3 (12-25, 21-25, 21-25)

Finland – Turkey 2-3 (24-26, 15-25, 25-20, 25-21, 10-15)

POOL B (Łódź, Poland)

Belgium – Slovenia 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-29)

Portugal – Poland 0-3 (14-25, 16-25, 11-25)

POOL C (Budapest, Hungary)

Estonia – Croatia 1-3 (18-25, 17-25, 28-26, 12-25)

Romania – Hungary 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 26-24, 25-22)

POOL D (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Germany – Spain 3-1 (15-25, 25-19, 31-29, 25-18)

Switzerland – Slovakia 0-3 (20-25, 16-25, 22-25)




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Because the VNL consists of teams that have been invited by the FIVB, rather than have truly qualified for it based on competitive criteria. These teams (e.g. Belgium & Slovenia with the men) would unjustifiedly lose a lot of points on the ranking because they didn't pay the FIVB enough to participate. on the other hand weak teams like South Korea would see their ranking go up just purely by participating.

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The results of the VNLs don't give the participating national teams any points for the FIVB rankings. Does anybody or WorldofVolley has any idea, why? Reply