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WCQ M: Estonia tops the charts despite tie-break defeat to neighboring Latvia

by WoV
source: cev.lu; Photo: cev.lu

Estonia lost to Latvia 2:3 in the World Championship qualifier. In the other match of the day Belarus outplayed Denmark 3:0. Gundars Celitans and Martti Juhkami were the top scorers.


Estonia – Latvia

Latvia started out strong in the match with hosts Estonia grabbing a 5-point lead (12:7) before the second technical time-out in the first set. The home team Estonia could not find a good rhythm while Latvian leader Gundars Celitans was able to put pressure from the serving line and add powerful attacks. In the end the game was fully controlled by the Latvian team in set 1 (25-18).

The second set contributed many emotions and turnarounds; Latvia set the pace there (8:6) but Estonia finally found their way into the game playing with great composure leading 16:13 and finishing the set 25-16.

Estonia did not stretch that momentum to set 3 where Latvia dictated the action all the way through (7:2, 16:14, and 21:17) pocketing the set quite comfortably at 25-19.

19-year old Robert Täht helped Estonia get back on track in set 4 scoring points and showing good fighting spirit as the home side could take the lead from the start (9:6, 16:11). Things did not change and Estonia managed to force the match to a fifth set (25-20).

In set 5 Latvia set the pace (10:4) and kept a good margin (12:6) before closing the game (15-10) and going for a tough win.

Gundars Celitans ended the match with 29 points, while Martti Juhkami scored 18 points for the home side.

It was a 4-set match for us as the pressure was gone at the end of the fourth set. There could have been less serving mistakes on this weekend but in the end everything went well. The third stage will be very enjoyable for us as strong teams are taking part in the competition by thenEstonia‘s head coach Avo Keel commented.

Belarus secured second place in the group and got the opportunity to continue their World Championship adventure via the second qualification round as they could score their second victory of the tournament by edging Denmark in three sets (25-19, 25-18, and 25-22).

To read more news from this competition click on World Championship – European Qualification M.

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