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YEC F: Slovenia straight-set win versus Montenegro

by WoV
source: cev.lu

Slovenia swept past host Montenegro in straight sets in their last Pool I match at the 2013 CEV Youth Volleyball European Championship – Girls here on Thursday night. The upcoming Slovenian stars chalked up the 25-7, 25-9, 25-9 victory in just 57 minutes. Read more about latest volleyball news, games reports, and statistics on WorldofVolley.



Slovenia’s Lana Scuka topped the scorer chart with 16 points, including one service winner and three blocks. Ela Pintar helped her side with 10 kills.

Slovenia started aggressively holding a perfect lead (8-0) at the first technical break. Montenegro then made two receiving errors as head coach Joze Casar’s squad enlarged their advantage to 14-0. Slovenia maintained their poise and didn’t let the hosts to get closer.

The Slovenians went off to a 16-5 lead in the second set, but Montenegro, cheered on by the screaming home fans, refused to surrender easily and added some points to their records to make it 9-21. The blue-and-whites stayed focus and soon closed it out thanks to efficient blocking and powerful spiking.

Going down two sets, Montenegro played cooler without pressure to take a 3-1 and 4-3 lead early in the third period. But the Slovenians staged a 3-0 run to change around the score at 8-5. Montenegro did their best but could not strike back after the Slovenian strengthened defence and counter-attacked well. When Slovenia was leading 24-9, Sasa Zdovc leaped from the right for a well-timed spike to close out the uncontested duel.

Montenegro player Iva Mandic “We gained a lot of experience. It was not always easy as we gradually lost self-confidence. Anyway, we’ll enjoy the finals here in Bar as spectators.”

Slovenia captain Eva Mori: “We stayed much focused tonight as we knew that we need a win to play for the classification matches. We served very well, putting a lot of pressure on the Montenegrin receivers.”

To read more news from this competition click on Youth European Championship 2013 F.

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