13. 09. 2019

EUROVOLLEY 2019 M: Serbia run over vice-champions Germany, Ukraine record first win after 22 years

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Serbia National Team recorded a triumph against Germany without any problems in their first match at the 2019 CEV European Men’s Volleyball Championship.


On paper, this was supposed to be a derby, probably a match for the top spot in Pool B in Brussels and Antwerp (Belgium), but Serbia easily defeated Germany in straight sets, partially 25-21, 25-17, 25-15.

EuroVolley runners-up Germany had a chance only in the opening set in which György Grozer managed to impose his play. But it all vanished in the rest of the match. As a matter of fact, German superstar underperformed, generally speaking. His attack success rate was slim (36%; 5/14) end he finished the match on single digits (6 points) which does not happen to him very often.

On the other hand, Aleksandar Atanasijević top-scored for Serbia with 14 points, allowing his head coach Slobodan Kovač to make a successful debut at official matches.


In Pool D in Rotterdam and Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Ukraine caused a little upset by defeating the Czech Republic with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 19-25, 25-22).

This was Ukraine’s first victory at the European Championship since 1997, while their last participation prior to this one came in 2005 when they lost all five matches.

Prospect opposite hitter Dmytro Viietskyi pushed Ukraine to a victory with 23 points, while Yurii Semeniuk set up 5 kill blocks. The libero Horden Brova made 80% reception (33% excellent, 15 digs). Jan Hadrava scored 16 points for the Czech Republic.

2019 CEV European Men’s Volleyball Championship, pool stage – Day 2:

POOL A (Montpellier, France)

Bulgaria – Romania 3-0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-20)

Italy – Greece 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-18)

POOL B (Brussels & Antwerp, Belgium)

Serbia – Germany 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-15)

Slovakia – Spain 3-2 (25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 16-25, 18-16)

Belgium – Austria 3-0 (25-17, 25-23 25-17)

POOL C (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

North Macedonia – Turkey 0-3 (20-25, 23-25, 13-25)

Belarus – Russia 1-3 (25-23, 17-25, 22-25, 10-25)

POOL D (Rotterdam & Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Czech Republic – Ukraine 1-3 (21-25, 19-25, 25-19, 22-25)

Estonia – Poland 1-3 (22-25, 27-25, 22-25, 17-25)

Netherlands – Montenegro 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-15)




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