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EL M: Austria lost to Denmark

by WoV
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After Friday’s spectacular victory over Slovakia, the home heroes of Austria suffered on Saturday their second defeat in the prelims of the 2013 CEV Volleyball European League – Men losing to Denmark in three straight sets. Thomas Zass, Mads Ditlevsen, Kristian Knudsen and Aske Morkeberg Sorensen were the top scorers.


Austria – Denmark

Denmark had it very easy in the first couple of sets needing only 19 and 20 minutes respectively to bring it home. The third set was much more contested and Austria defended seven set balls for their opponents but missed out on four opportunities to stretch the game to a fourth set. After 72 minutes of play the hosts of this year’s European Championship could celebrate their first win in the competition by cashing their eighth match ball.

Thomas Zass was once again Austria’s most prolific scorer with 18 points while three Danish players finished in double digits, namely Mads Ditlevsen (12), Kristian Knudsen and Aske Morkeberg Sorensen (10 apiece). 

We had two or three opportunities in the early phases of the game that we could not exploit and there you could see that today we were mentally not there” says Austrian head coach Michael Warm. “However, we have to accept this and be happy with what we achieved in the past days. At this level every small detail can bring to big mistakes.

It was a hard game especially in the third set. We improved since Thursday and we fought for every single point” stresses Danish mentor Fred Sturm. “This steady progress is the positive we can take from this tournament. We wanted to show that we practice and improve every day and my players did achieve this goal here in Vienna.

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

For all the detailed information click on Statistics.

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