Bothe teams experienced many ups and downs during the match; however the Belgian player managed to stay calm and finally won the duel with a convincing tie-break show.
Belgian opposite Van den Dries topped the scorers chart with 21 points, four more than Austrian wing-spiker Alexander Berger.
Score in the block was 10-8 for Belgium, 5-3 in aces for Austria and 23-21 in mistakes for Austria.
Belgium – Slovakia 3-2 (15:21, 21:14, 16:21, 21:15, 15:11)
Sport Hall: Budocenter Wien. Spectators: 920. Duration: 100 minutes.
Belgium: Verschueren 2, Coolman 6, Klinkenberg 6, Van de Voorde 8, Verhanneman 9, Tuerlinckx 5, Derkoningen (libero 1), Van de Dries 21, Valkiers. N. E. Deroo, Dejonckheere (libero 2), Heyrman. Head coach: Dominique Baeyens.
Austria: Schneider 9, Wohlfahrtstatter 8, Binder 2, Ichovski 5, Yass 16, Berger 17, Kroiss (libero), Ringseis, Thaller 1, Blagojevic 2. N. E. Unterberger. Head coach: Michael Warm.
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