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ECH M: Great fight! Belgium beat Slovenia to claim 2nd place in Pool C

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Belgium defeated Slovenia in exhausting four-setter in Varna (Bulgaria) 3-1 (27-25, 14-25, 27-25, 28-26). It was a straight duel of two teams competing for the second place in Pool C at the 2015 CEV European Championship. So, the „Red Dragons“ claimed it and will go in playoffs against the winner of Germany – Czech Republic clash. Sam Deroo scored 21 in Belgium, Klemen Čebulj 24 in Slovenia.

BEL vs. SLO

BEL vs. SLO

It seemed that Slovenia should easily win the first set as they had a three-point lead for much of the first half 11-8, 13-10. The players coached by Andrea Giani even had 16-14 at the second TTO. Belgians took over lead righ after that and didn’t let it go until the end. They had 24-21, but lost four points in a row: a service error, Rousseaux’s failure to simply throw the ball over the net, Urnauts counter attack and Rousseaux’s spike into the net – 25-24.  Then, Belgium scored a 3-0 run with Van Walle’s and Deroo’s kills and Kozamernik’s long touch.

The second set brought a lot less uncertainty. Actually, there was none. Slovenia did the same like in the first set, but this time gained a larger gap and kept it all the way, 5-2, 9-5, 12-7, 17-11…  Belgium have stabilized their play in the moment when it was too late. Gašparini’s series of strong serves on 22-14 finished off „Red Dragons“ 25-14.

Slovenian team had another perfect start, this time in Set 3, 7-5, 11-9, but Belgium took over in the best possible moment 22-21 and needed three set balls to take Set 3. Deroo was a key player in that effort 27-25.

Set 4 was totally different than previous ones. This time, Belgium took an early lead, 3-0, 5-1 and had a solid lead at the second TTO 16-14. Slovenia made a 3-0 run, led with 17-16 and had a set ball at 24-22 with Urnaut’s tipover. Clever block by Verhees gave Belgium an equalizer 24-24. Afterwards, both teams struggled to serve. Gašparini sent kill out of bounds, while Deroo smashed first ball and Belgium won 28-26.

See standings here.


C

C

 

Final Round / Pool C

Game Date/Time Teams Set Result per set Stats Videos
1st game 09. 10. 2015 17:30 Slovenia VS Belarus 3:0 25:12; 25:21; 25:17 STAT  
2nd game 09. 10. 2015 20:30 Poland VS Belgium 3:0 25:18; 29:27; 25:16 STAT VIDEO
3rd game 10. 10. 2015 17:30 Belarus VS Belgium 0:3 17:25; 18:25; 17:25 STAT  
4th game 10. 10. 2015 20:30 Slovenia VS Poland 1:3 21:25; 30:28; 26:28; 13:25 STAT  
5th game 11. 10. 2015 15:00 Belgium VS Slovenia 3:1 27:25; 14:25; 27:25; 28:26    
6th game 11. 10. 2015 18:00 Belarus VS Poland 0:0      

 

To see standings, results, stats, videos, etc, visit our EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 M page.

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